DUBLIN, Ohio, March 6, 2000--The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is now participating in the OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) project, an international effort to organize and facilitate access to local library and Web-based electronic resources.
CORC is a collaborative effort to create a high-quality, library-selected database of electronic resource descriptions modeled after the creation of WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog).
"GPO is excited to join the CORC project, and we look forward to developing another means to provide access to U.S. Government electronic resources," said Gil Baldwin, director, GPO Library Programs Service. "Taking our place in the CORC project extends the tradition of GPO/OCLC cooperation further into the electronic era by adapting new approaches to providing online access to critical resources.
"As the national authority for cataloging U.S. Government publications, GPO will use CORC in conjunction with OCLC's persistent uniform resource locators, or PURLs, to enhance our suite of cataloging and locator services," he said. "CORC will also assist our information discovery efforts to identify and add resources to the Federal Depository Library Program Electronic Collection."
"We are pleased to welcome GPO as an early participant in the CORC service," said Gary Houk, vice president, OCLC Services. "GPO has been doing innovative work with PURLs and electronic resources. The resource descriptions that GPO will add to the CORC catalog will help connect users to the actual content. Such collaborative efforts fulfill the public purposes of both organizations to provide access to information."
During the development phase of CORC, participating libraries use the service to create records, and they provide feedback to OCLC to enhance its design. OCLC plans to release CORC as a new service later in 2000.
With its origin as an OCLC Office of Research project, CORC was launched in January 1999 with 50 libraries from around the world using new, automated tools developed by OCLC to create a database of electronic resources.
More than 240 institutions are now participating in CORC, including: consortia (such as the GALILEO Project in Georgia and RERO based in Martigny, Switzerland), national libraries (such as the Deutsche Bibliothek, Germany; National Library of Wales, United Kingdom; National Library of Australia, Canberra) and a variety of other institutions (such as St. Joseph County Public Library, Indiana; Washtenaw Community College, Michigan; Hong Kong University of Science & Technology; Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Juarez, Mexico; Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information; the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine; NETLAB/Desire II Project, Lund, Sweden; National Chengchi University Libraries, Taipei, Taiwan; U.S. Department of Transportation Library, Washington, D.C.; Institute of Information Science, Slovenia; the American Museum of Natural History, New York; and the Oregon Health Sciences University Library).
OCLC is encouraging libraries interested in participating in CORC to apply. Libraries may request an application via e-mail to
GPO makes more than 1 million U.S. Government publications accessible in paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, or online formats through nearly 1,350 federal depository libraries throughout the United States. Publications cataloged and disseminated by GPO provide information of current and enduring interest on a broad assortment of topics, including congressional documents, federal research, business, science, technology, statistical data, law, medicine and federal regulations. GPO cataloging records, maintained in thousands of library online public access catalogs and at
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