DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 27 May 2010. The National Library of China will share its rich collections with libraries and researchers around the world as a new participant in the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing service.
Since November 2009, 2.4 million records from the National Library of China have been added to WorldCat, the world's largest online resource for finding library materials. With those records in WorldCat, resources from the National Library of China are more visible worldwide through the Web. Once records from the National Library of China are discovered in WorldCat, researchers and scholars will be able to access and obtain these important Chinese materials through WorldCat Resource Sharing.
"We live in a global village and become increasingly closer due to ever advancing information technology," said Director-General Zhou Heping, of the National Library of China. "The National Library of China is pleased to do its part to meet the increasing interest in and need for information about China."
"OCLC's mission is to further access to the world's information," says Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, "and information from China is playing an increasingly important role in the world. OCLC is pleased to develop this new partnership with the National Library of China to benefit scholars and students of Chinese culture around the world."
The National Library of China, which celebrated its centennial in September 2009, is the largest library in Asia with a collection of 30 million volumes and articles. The library was established in the final year of the Qing Dynasty, inheriting the Imperial Wenyuange Library collection of the Qing Dynasty, which includes books and manuscripts since the Southern Song Dynasty.
In addition to collecting and preserving records of Chinese culture, the National Library of China provides document consulting services to leaders of the Chinese government to facilitate their decision making, as well as to support research and teaching in China. Now the library will share its rich Chinese collection with libraries worldwide through WorldCat Resource Sharing.
WorldCat Resource Sharing is a unique set of tools built on the WorldCat database through which more than 10,000 libraries in more than 40 countries cooperate to create a global network to simplify interlibrary lending. It provides an integrated set of features that help libraries reduce costs, increase efficiency and quickly satisfy user needs.
According to Andrew H. Wang, Vice President, OCLC Asia Pacific, OCLC's partnership with the National Library of China began in 1986 when OCLC introduced its CJK system to support cataloging in Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) scripts. The National Library of China and OCLC formed a partnership at that time to create in WorldCat the National Bibliography of the Republic Era, 1911-1949. The library now uses the OCLC Connexion service to catalog its newly acquired titles, and participates in OCLC Worldcat.org for exposure of its holdings on the Web.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 171 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC Web site.