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Publishers around the world partner with OCLC to improve library workflows for electronic content

OCLC has finalised agreements with international content providers to add more electronic collections to the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive online catalogue of resources available through libraries worldwide.

Through partnerships with content providers OCLC can offer greater efficiency for libraries, WorldCat is built on a combined effort of sharing data for the last forty years and as the database expands it continues to reflect the changing nature of library collections.

Incorporating these databases into WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base will improve access to these collections and simplify administration for libraries that use OCLC WorldShare Metadata services. These agreements will also reduce the cost and time spent managing updates to these online collections for libraries that have registered with the knowledge base, and will provide immediate access for libraries that subscribe or want to purchase these collections. The value for libraries is that multiple applications will be able to access the metadata to simplify workflows for managing electronic materials.

The following new publisher agreements have been signed in EMEA since June 2013. These collections will be added to WorldCat over the next few months.

Al Manhal

Al Manhal, Dubai, UAE, is the leading Arabic electronic content service provider. It is the industry’s only provider of full-text, searchable electronic databases of peer-reviewed and copyright-protected Arabic publications. Al Manhal combines publishing and library industry expertise with best-in-class technology to enable academics, researchers and library users to efficiently discover and access thousands of electronic publications from the Arab world’s leading publishers and research institutes.


The ciando GmbH, Munich, Germany, is one of the major e-book aggregators for academic libraries in Germany. The ciando library offers universities more than 250,000 books, most of which are German, from 1,300 publishers, and include nonfiction and literature from all relevant scientific disciplines: economics, management, law, computer, technology, medicine, psychology, education, culture, politics, history, philosophy and religion.


Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London, UK, provides access to world-class seminars by leading thinkers and authorities from around the globe, in one online resource—wherever, whenever and as often as it is wanted in the subject areas of biomedical and life sciences, and marketing and management.

Both WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base continue to grow with new providers and collections.

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