January 19, 2022

OCLC Publishes 2017-2018 Annual Report, WorldCat Grows to 423 Billion Records, 2.6 Billion Holdings

The OCLC 2017-2018 Annual Report was published today.


A Few Highlights (via an OCLC Announcement):

  • Libraries continued to build WorldCat, the world’s smartest collection of cooperative library data. This past year it grew to 423 million records and 2.6 billion library holdings.
  • More than 600 libraries now use WorldShare Management Services to work smarter every day through a shared, cloud-based environment.
  • In March 2018, OCLC Wise was introduced in the US as the first community engagement system for US public libraries. We also signed a contract with Cultuurconnect to bring the service to more than 300 public libraries in Belgium.
  • And we expanded important research and community partnerships with organizations like Jisc, ALA/PLA, Wikipedia, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Mellon Foundation.


Direct to Full Text of 2017-2018 OCLC Annual Report

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.