The British Library adds 12 million records to WorldCat

Posted Friday, November 19, 2010 - 10:35

The British Library has added 12 million bibliographic records to WorldCat, the world's largest online resource for finding library materials, OCLC announced November 17.

OCLC staff worked closely with British Library staff to add the records over a four-month project. As a result of the cooperative effort, OCLC and the British Library have enhanced the process to add these valuable records to WorldCat for the benefit of researchers worldwide.

According to the British Library, WorldCat is an increasingly important resource used to expose its holdings worldwide, and for supporting a number of its core services including resource sharing and document delivery.

“We are delighted to be able to display the richness and diversity of the British Library’s collections via WorldCat,” said Neil Wilson, Head of Metadata Services, British Library. “Increasingly, users want to start their research by searching as many library resources as possible and WorldCat addresses this need. By making our resources visible via such systems we can greatly increase awareness of the Library’s services and reach a far wider audience.”

Prior to this latest data load, some 4.5 million British Library records had been added to WorldCat over the last 25 years. Not only has this volume now effectively tripled, but the quality and accuracy of the records has been significantly enhanced. Ongoing automated batch loads will further improve the quantity and quality of British Library records in WorldCat.