Tuesday 6 April 2010

OCLC adds Google Books & HathiTrust library to WorldCat

OCLC has announced that it is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these digitized collections. WorldCat users will begin seeing these new records in WorldCat immediately, and OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis. Users will be able to locate digitized books from these collections and link to the associated book landing page, and in some cases can access the full text of eBooks. Jon Orwant of the Google Books project is quoted as saying "Google is excited to be surfacing its digitized books through WorldCat."
The HathiTrust Digital Library is a repository for some of the US's greatest research libraries, including the University of California system and other major state universities, allowing these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. OCLC and the HathiTrust are working together to implement a public interface for the HathiTrust catalog through a WorldCat Local interface, to be introduced later this year.

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