DUBLIN, Ohio, July 6, 2000--The OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) is now available as a regular service. Built cooperatively with nearly 500 libraries over the past 18 months, CORC is a Web-based system for building bibliographic records and pathfinders (subject bibliographies) for electronic resources.
CORC lets librarians work together to target the best Web resources available that fit local needs, leveraging a proven cooperative model to minimize duplication of effort and maximize knowledge sharing across libraries from around the world. CORC gives libraries the ability to make local resources available to the world and to make quality global resources available to local library users.
By bringing together librarianship, technology and cooperation, CORC offers an unprecedented opportunity for librarians to apply their knowledge management expertise to the World Wide Web and guide users to valuable, authoritative Web resources.
"With its bridge between traditional and new forms of metadata, CORC is an important tool that libraries can use to facilitate access to the Web and to maximize the usefulness of their online catalogs," said Kathleen L. Wells, senior catalog librarian, University of Southern Mississippi.
"CORC is one of the most exciting services that I have seen introduced during my 26 years at OCLC," said Gary R. Houk, vice president, OCLC Services. "In addition to helping libraries manage access to electronic resources, the CORC service will play a major role in OCLC's future product strategy. Future releases of the CORC service will support cataloging of all materials, vernacular languages, and a database architecture that will virtually extend WorldCat to additional resource descriptions such as reviews, biographies and tables-of-contents. This extended WorldCat is a key element to an integrated suite of Web-based services that are planned, including selection and ordering of content from other third-party providers."
CORC offers a toolkit, based on technology developed at OCLC, that supports automated record creation, authority control, URL maintenance and pathfinder creation. Libraries using CORC have the option of subscribing to the WebDewey service for access to the latest version of the enhanced Dewey Decimal Classification database (updated quarterly) and use of an automatic classification tool to generate candidate DDC numbers during record creation. A special feature of the WebDewey service is its inclusion of selected Library of Congress subject headings--linked to the LC authority files--that have been intellectually mapped to Dewey numbers by the DDC editors and statistically mapped to Dewey numbers in OCLC's WorldCat database.
More information about CORC is available on the OCLC Web site < www.oclc.org/oclc/corc/ >.
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