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OCLC and Google sign agreement

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OCLC and Google have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services. Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search programme may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google.

‘This agreement will help libraries, Google and OCLC provide content that searchers want, at the point of need through the web,’ said Chip Nilges, vice president at OCLC Business Development. ‘It will help increase the visibility of libraries through web searches, and will facilitate access to libraries’ collections from Google or WorldCat.org.’

WorldCat metadata will be made available to Google directly from OCLC or through member libraries participating in the Google Book Search programme.