The Online Computer Library
Center, Inc., also known as OCLC, is a global library cooperative that provides
shared technology services, original research and community programs for its
membership and the library community at large. Librarians, technologists,
researchers and learners came together as OCLC to make information more
accessible for users. This collective environment also created WorldCat—the world’s largest library catalog.
day by faculty, staff and students, it houses the collections of 72,000
libraries in 170 countries and territories. It was created by the staff of OCLC—along
with thousands of librarians and member libraries, such as University Libraries. Records are
added to the database allowing users to find the information they need as soon
as it is available.
This year marks OCLC’s 50th
anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, Terry Brandsma, Information
Technology Librarian, submitted a blog post about the 4 millionth record that
was entered into WorldCat from the Walker Clinton Jackson Library on June 24, 1978.