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Credo Reference, OCLC announce new agreement to bring WorldCat content to Credo General Reference service

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 14 July 2011—OCLC and Credo Reference are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement to integrate the WorldCat Search API into the Credo General Reference service, their flagship content application. With this new agreement, OCLC member libraries that subscribe to the Credo General Reference service will be able to retrieve a list of books from WorldCat related to the topic of their Credo Reference search.

"One of the keys to the cooperative's Web-scale strategy is the ability to develop a network of partners that will tap into WorldCat for access to the collections of OCLC members," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "Our partnership with Credo Reference is a natural fit. Uniting content from their impressive collection of high-quality titles and extensive subject coverage with WorldCat will provide users the most relevant information related to their search."

"We're pleased to team with OCLC to provide this additional feature to our respective users," said Mike Sweet, Credo Reference CEO. "Our services naturally complement each other and, together, provide users with a richer and more directed research experience."

Under this new partnership, authenticated users will be able to access the Credo General Reference service from the library or Credo Reference website and perform a search for encyclopedic entries. Each entry includes a side panel listing books that are related to the topic generated from a search of WorldCat using the library's key to the WorldCat Search API. Each book includes a link to the library’s OPAC or discovery application to get additional information, such as shelf status.

Credo Reference expects to release the functionality later this month. Libraries will be able to activate the functionality by registering their key to the WorldCat Search API within the application. Libraries that do not already have a key to the API can visit the OCLC website for more information on how to obtain a key.

About Credo Reference

Credo Reference has been offering completely customizable, “best-in-class” reference collections for libraries since 2002. With its unique cross-referencing technology, Credo’s General Reference service empowers librarians and effortlessly delivers authoritative answers to millions of researchers worldwide. Credo now offers Publisher and Subject Collections which offer libraries deep reference content from highly-regarded publishers. For more information, visit www.credoreference.com and corp.credoreference.com.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.

OCLC, WorldCat and WorldCat.org are trademarks/service marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks/service marks of their respective owners.

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