Tuesday, October 28, 2003


This has been reported already by Jenny on the Shifted Librarian, but now there is an official notice.
The Open WorldCat pilot is a year-long initiative that makes library resources available from nonlibrary Web sites. The pilot aims to test the effectiveness of Web search engines in guiding users to library-owned materials, making libraries more visible to Web users and more accessible from the Web sites many people turn to first.

The pilot marks the first time OCLC has made the unique resources of WorldCat records available outside the traditional library environment. A Web user who uses a search engine or other site to locate a particular item may be pointed to a library that owns the item based on records in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive bibliographic database. See how easy the Open WorldCat pilot is to use.

Between this and RedLightGreen from RLG, library resources should become much more visible. If you are an OCLC member you can enhance your participation by making more information about your library available. There is a on-line form to fill in. It seems to be down at the moment, but check later and make sure your institution does its best to make this succeed.

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