OCLC and Casalini Libri expand partnership

New agreement to provide publisher data to libraries will extend access to more publications, more languages for library users

DUBLIN, Ohio, 23 May 2018—OCLC and Casalini Libri, a leading international library service provider based in Italy, have signed an agreement to expand their partnership to provide libraries with high quality bibliographic records that improve library users' access to authoritative content.

Under terms of the expanded agreement, Casalini Libri will provide bibliographic records for titles from over 4,000 publishers in Europe, in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Greek languages, in addition to Italian. By supplying this data to OCLC, member libraries save time in processing the print and electronic content represented by those records, and can quickly make that content available to their users and researchers.

"OCLC is delighted to expand our long-standing partnership with Casalini Libri," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "Casalini's respected and experienced staff of catalogers provides OCLC with high-quality records for publications for thousands of publishers from Southern Europe. This content is valuable to researchers through our member libraries around the world."

"It is a pleasure to build upon our already well-established collaboration with OCLC, and we would like to thank Skip and all his team for their support," said Barbara Casalini, Casalini Libri President. "We are enthusiastic about the amplification of our contribution to WorldCat, and firmly believe that, in providing catalogue records from a myriad of publishers from countries with vibrant and diverse cultural histories, we offer a unique and important service to our valued partner."

OCLC and Casalini Libri have been working together for 23 years. Under the new agreement, OCLC will be adding 12,000 Core Level records annually to WorldCat. In addition, 40,000 brief records, which are new title announcements and e-book records, will also be added annually.

OCLC works with publishers and other content providers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make content discoverable through libraries. By providing metadata and other descriptive content, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently.

About Casalini Libri

Casalini Libri is recognized as one of the leading suppliers of publications from across Southern Europe to libraries and institutions worldwide. A family-run business established in 1958, Casalini Libri currently works with over 3,000 libraries and institutions, and more than 5,500 publishers from over 40 countries. The mission of Casalini Libri is to advance the profile of European culture and scholarship across the globe, providing a first-class bibliographic search and supply service for academic libraries and supporting publishers through promotion and distribution of their print and electronic content.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

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