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Open WorldCat Pilot Program Expands


    The University of Delaware Library announces its participation in the recently expanded Open WorldCat Program sponsored by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), the world's largest library cooperative. OCLC is opening WorldCat, the entire collection of over 53 million records, for "harvesting" by Google and Yahoo! Search. The new upgraded Open WorldCat program will automatically include all of the over 15,000 OCLC libraries that contribute ownership information to WorldCat. This means that all of the information about books held by the University of Delaware Library will be searchable in Google and Yahoo! Search.

    In January 2005, Open WorldCat will officially graduate from a pilot program to a permanent "ongoing program"; however, the database will be open for access to Google and Yahoo! Search users as early as November 2004.

    "Perhaps the most significant benefit of Open WorldCat is that University of Delaware Library users who regularly use Google or Yahoo! Search will discover that, in numerous cases, the University of Delaware Library owns books on the topics they desire," said Susan Brynteson, the May Morris Director of Libraries.

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