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October 27, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Bibliothèque nationale de France to Add Records to WorldCat

OCLC ( and Bibliothèque nationale de France ( have signed a letter of intent to work cooperatively to add records from the French national library to OCLC’s WorldCat, the world’s largest online resource for finding information in libraries. Bibliothèque nationale de France and OCLC signed the document during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council in Québec. Once an agreement is finalized, OCLC anticipates processing an estimated 13.2 million bibliographic records from Bibliothèque nationale de France. Once records are added to WorldCat, they will be more visible and accessible to web users worldwide.

OCLC and Bibliothèque nationale de France have worked together on other projects, such as the cooperative effort to create the Virtual International Authority File (Fichier d’Autorité International Virtuel), which virtually combines multiple name authority files into a single name authority service, and French translations of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

The WorldCat database continues to grow at an extraordinary rate, with many of the records entered into the world’s largest bibliographic resource coming from outside the U.S., in non-English languages. Between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008, records from the National Library of Sweden, the Swiss National Library, the National Library of Australia, and the National Library of New Zealand were added to WorldCat.

In 1998, about one-third of the WorldCat database represented non-English-language work. This year, for the first time ever, WorldCat contained slightly more records representing non-English-language materials than for English. More information, a complete list, and world map illustrating OCLC’s work with national libraries can be found at

Source: OCLC

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