40 millionth WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway record added to WorldCat

A record that links to the slide, “Almond Orchard,” from the Arizona Memory Project’s J.W. Hoover Lantern Slide Collection, is the 40 millionth record to be harvested to the WorldCat database via the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway.

The Arizona Memory Project is an OAI-compliant digital library that uses OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software to maintain and offer Web access to its collections. Fully compliant with OAI-PMH version 2.0, CONTENTdm enables the Arizona Memory Project to provide collections for harvesting to databases such as WorldCat. The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway is a free, Web-based tool that makes it possible to self-harvest the metadata of unique digital content to WorldCat to gain broader visibility.

“The Arizona Memory Project serves as an access platform for collections and repositories of all sorts. The ‘Almond Orchard’ is a great example of one of many treasures housed in the state that brings to light diverse and previously inaccessible collections now available 24/7 on the Web. Collections like the J.W. Hoover Lantern Slide Collection are now valued and used in ways that were impossible before,” said Richard Prouty, Arizona Memory Project Manager.

“We are all about access and discoverability, and that’s what online exhibits like this provide,” added Rebekah Tabah, Photo Curator, Arizona Historical Society.

In addition to using CONTENTdm to manage their slide collections, the Arizona Memory Project uses CONTENTdm to provide online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions including government documents, photographs, maps and objects that chronicle Arizona's past and present.

Prouty also said, “Partners like the Arizona Historical Foundation make great use of the Arizona Memory Project to promote their holdings beyond their physical boundaries. The diversity of repositories and collections on the Arizona Memory Project make for an incredibly rich research experience.”

More about the Arizona Memory Project

The Arizona Memory Project was launched in March 2006 and has been granted the Arizona Centennial 2012 legacy project designation by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. The Arizona Centennial 2012 legacy projects support the Arizona State Centennial Celebration. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

More about WorldCat

WorldCat is a database of bibliographic information built continuously by OCLC member libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. Since 1971, more than 330 million records have been added to WorldCat, spanning more than 6,000 years of recorded knowledge, from about 4800 B.C. to the present. This unique collection of information encompasses records in a variety of formats—e-books, books, serials, sound recordings, images, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials and computer files. Like the knowledge it describes, WorldCat grows steadily. Every second, library members add seven records to WorldCat.