Friday, August 24, 2007

WorldCat Registry more global with the help of national libraries

From LibraryStuff

National libraries in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa recently agreed to load their files into the WorldCat Registry, enhancing and extending the global reach of this Web-based directory.

OCLC just completed loading 1,200 records from the National Library of South Africa and is preparing to load more than 8,000 records from the National Library of Australia.

“The trend to globalisation has shone a spotlight on humble directory data, in the form of records which describe library organisations and their systems,” says Debbie Campbell, Director, Collaborative Services Branch, National Library of Australia. “The National Library of Australia (NLA) is pleased to be able to contribute the Australian Libraries Gateway metadata to the WorldCat Registry project, as more of this type of metadata is surfaced in open registries to support the global information network.

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