Latin America and Caribbean

Brief history of OCLC activities with national libraries outside the U.S.

26 August 1971 The OCLC Online Union Catalog, now called WorldCat, goes online
1975 Library and Archives Canada begins adding records for serial publications to WorldCat via the CONSER program
1978 Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The National Library of the Netherlands) obtains 400,000 records from WorldCat
1985 The British Library begins adding UKMARC records to WorldCat, which since has resulted in 9.2 million records
1987 The National Library of Scotland begins adding records to WorldCat
1987 The National Library of Wales begins contributing records to WorldCat
1987 The National Central Library, Taiwan, begins adding holdings to WorldCat
1991 Six staff members from the National Library of China spend a year at OCLC creating a computerized catalog of Chinese books for WorldCat
1991 The National Library of Turkey becomes an OCLC member and begins using the OCLC online system for cataloging
1992 The National Library of Australia begins contributing records to WorldCat
1992 The National and University Library of Iceland begins adding holdings to WorldCat
1995 The National Library of the Czech Republic begins contributing records to WorldCat
1997 The National Library of New Zealand begins contributing records to WorldCat
1998 The National Library of Ireland begins adding records to WorldCat
1999 The National Diet Library of Japan begins adding records and holdings for Western-language materials to WorldCat
1999 The National Library of Lithuania begins contributing records to WorldCat
1999 The National Library of South Africa begins adding records to WorldCat
2000 Library and Archives Canada begins loading records directly into WorldCat
2002 1.4 million holdings from the Singapore National Union Catalog are added to WorldCat
2003 Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (The German National Library), the Library of Congress and OCLC agree to develop a Virtual International Authority File
2003 The Chilean Directorate of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (DIBAM) of the National Library and the 368 public libraries it manages in Chile become governing members and begin contributing their current cataloging to WorldCat
2004 The National Library of Australia selects the OCLC Central Bibliographic System (CBS) to support the Australian National Bibliographic Database and Kinetica system, the Internet-based service for Australian libraries and their users
2004 410,000 holdings from the National Library of Chile—including 230,000 original records—are added to WorldCat
2004 Bibliothèque nationale de France begins contributing holdings to WorldCat
2005 The National Library of Jamaica begins using CONTENTdm to digitize Jamaican heritage materials
2005 The National Library of Finland adds more than 600,000 new records from the Finnish national bibliography into WorldCat
2005 The Iraqi National Library and Archive begins adding records to WorldCat
2006 Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (The German National Library) adds 4 million new records to WorldCat
2006 The Dutch Union Catalog (more than 9 million records) is added to WorldCat, resulting in 4 million new records and over 20 million holdings
2007 The National Library of Mexico agrees to add its catalog to WorldCat
2007 The Swiss National Library loads 1.3 million records to WorldCat
2007 The National Library of New Zealand loads 4 million records and the holdings of 275 New Zealand libraries to WorldCat
2007 The National Library of Australia loads 17 million records and the holdings of more than 800 Australian libraries into WorldCat
2007 Kungl. Bibliotheket (the National Library of Sweden) loads 2 million records into WorldCat
2007 The National Central Library, Taiwan, adds all of its records and holdings to WorldCat
2008 The National Library of China agrees to load 1.5 million records into WorldCat
2008 The National Library Service, Barbados loads holdings into WorldCat
2008 The National Library of Israel loads more than 788,000 records into WorldCat
2008 The National Library of Spain agrees to load 3 million records into WorldCat
2008 As a result of an agreement with the Danish Agency for Libraries and Media, the records and holdings of the Royal Library of Denmark, along with the other participants of the Danish Bibliographic Centre, will be added to WorldCat
2009 The The National and University Library of Slovenia begins adding records and holdings to WorldCat along with other Slovenian libraries that are part of the IZUM consortium
2010 The National Library of Serbia agrees to add its records and holdings to WorldCat along with those of other Serbian libraries
2010 The National Diet Library of Japan agrees to add the Japanese National Bibliography to WorldCat
2012 The National Library of Norway begins adding records and holdings to WorldCat along with other libraries that useBIBSYS services