A commitment to sharing knowledge
For more than 40 years, members have built and expanded WorldCat, creating the world’s most comprehensive network of data about library collections and services.
In FY14, WorldCat grew by 18.7 million records and 100.3 million holdings. WorldCat data supports a range of OCLC and partner services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing the visibility of libraries on the Web.
Shanghai Library, the largest public library in China and one of the largest libraries in the world, takes great pride in meeting the needs of userslocal, domestic and global. The library contributed 2 million holdings to WorldCat, including some 770,000 unique bibliographic records, to share its collection worldwide. The contribution enhances the richness and depth of Chinese materials in WorldCat as well as the discoverability of these collections around the world. Since the library added its records to WorldCat, its interlibrary loan and document delivery activity have increased fourfold.
“Being a member enhances our connection with the global library community. WorldCat provides an opportunity not only to share a wider range of resources with more libraries, but also to fully surface our local resources to a worldwide audience, which is imperative for a world-class library.”Dr. Jianzhong Wu, Director, Shanghai Library, China
The National Library of Jamaica wants to share Jamaican heritage, identity and culture with the world. In order to do that, its materials need to be visible and discoverable on the Webany place in the world, any time of the day. The library became a member in FY14 and began adding records and holdings to WorldCat, enabling its rich collection and library data to be shared with many online services where users go to search. The library contributed more than 50,000 records20,000 of them uniqueand is one of 45 national libraries currently contributing records to WorldCat.
“The dream is for the National Library of Jamaica to be the place of choice online for information about Jamaica, and we are one step closer with WorldCat.”Winsome Hudson, National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of Jamaica
|New records (FY14)||18,674,695|
|Total number of records||321,590,025|
|New holdings (FY14)||100,297,404|
|Total number of holdings||2,133,005,376|
|The University of Chicago||48,485|
|University of Texas at Austin||39,427|
|University of Michigan||37,086|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||35,826|
|University of WisconsinMadison||34,157|
|Pennsylvania State University||33,126|
|The Ohio State University||32,592|
|University of Hong Kong||69,905|
|National Central Library (Taiwan)||36,891|
|Peabody Essex Museum||29,066|
|National Library Board, Singapore||24,947|
|National Taiwan University||19,891|
|National Agriculture Library||16,920|
|Stanford University Library||15,024|
|University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign||13,642|
|New York Public Library||12,600|
|The Ohio State University||11,722|
Member libraries voluntarily improve and upgrade WorldCat master bibliographic records in these ongoing quality programs.
Cover photo: The André Malraux Media Library, France ©Philippe Stirnweiss