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National Library of China to Add Its Records to OCLC WorldCat

The National Library of China (, the largest library in Asia, will add its bibliographic records to the OCLC WorldCat database (, making those records available to researchers worldwide. The National Library of China will develop software to convert the format of its records before they can be added to WorldCat. Following development and conversion of the records, the library anticipates that some 1.5 million records will be sent to OCLC in 2008. These records, when added to WorldCat, will display Chinese characters. The library will continue adding records to WorldCat beyond 2008 once the format has been converted.

OCLC (, the world’s largest library cooperative, opened an office in Beijing in July 2007 to better serve the growing information needs of libraries and other cultural heritage institutions in China and other parts of Asia. OCLC’s relationship with libraries in the People’s Republic of China began in 1986 when OCLC introduced its CJK system for cataloging Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials. An OCLC Service Center was established at Tsinghua University in 1996, and access to the OCLC FirstSearch online reference service was made available to about 100 academic institutions in China. In 2004, the CALIS (China Academic Library and Information System) consortium, under the leadership of Peking University, began providing access to a NetLibrary eBook collection for 80 libraries in China. OCLC was selected to be the host site for the 4th China-U.S. Library Conference in October 2007 in Dublin, Ohio.

Source: OCLC

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