OCLC and Bibliotheek.nl to Include Complete Collections of Dutch Public Libraries to WorldCat.org
OCLC and Bibliotheek.nl, the organisation of Dutch public libraries, have signed an agreement to include the complete collections of public libraries in the GGC, the Dutch shared cataloguing system. The agreement to include collections of Dutch public libraries, signed during the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Birmingham, United Kingdom, will serve as a foundation for the new Dutch National Library Catalogue, and will make these collections visible through WorldCat.org.
Prior to this agreement, collections from the Dutch National Library, university and college libraries, some special libraries and the 14 largest public libraries were present in the GGC. Many public library collections could not easily be found online. Bibliotheek.nl plans to load records from all public libraries and make them discoverable through WorldCat.org, along with the new Dutch National Library Catalogue (NBC).
This agreement includes participation of all Dutch public libraries in the GGC. OCLC discovery and resource sharing services are included in the agreement. Before the end of the year, all public libraries will be in the NBC. Bibliotheek.nl and OCLC are working together to load the bibliographic and holdings data of the libraries in the GGC.
The VOB (Dutch association of public libraries) and SIOB (Dutch coordinating institute for public libraries) were closely involved in the service agreement between Bibliotheek.nl and OCLC, which is a supplement to an existing agreement between OCLC and the GII Consortium (shared information infrastructure consortium). In the GII Consortium, scientific libraries, public libraries, and the national library work together to create one digital information infrastructure for all Dutch libraries.
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