DUBLIN, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1994--In October, OCLC began a 310,000-title retrospective conversion project for Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. OCLC's RETROCON service is converting catalog cards for books written in English, French, German, and other Roman-alphabet languages to electronic form. The project will be completed in April 1996.
Waseda University is unifying its library collections from separate academic departments to centralized libraries on each of its four campuses. The converted records will be loaded into the university's local system, Waseda University Information Network (WINE), which is based on IBM's DOBIS/LIBIS system.
Founded in 1880, Waseda University today has a student enrollment of 43,500 undergraduates and 3,500 graduate students. Faculties include law, political science, economics, education, commerce, social science, science and engineering, and literature. In 1991 Waseda opened the Center for Scholarly Information, which includes the International Conference Center and the New Central Library. The library, which was designed to serve both study and research needs, can hold 4 million books (Waseda's current collection is nearly 3 million) and can seat 1,900 readers. Waseda University has cataloged new library acquisitions on the OCLC cataloging system since 1985.
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