OCLC Micro 19 OCLC recently celebrated its first dec and Paris. Currently thirty-one univer ade in Europe. On January 1, 1981, sity and special libraries in France un OCL C in OCLC opened its Europe branch in dertake the processing of all of their Birmingham, England, with three staff current cataloging using the OCLC Europe members; an office in the home of its system. managing director; no network to con In Spain, twenty-five academic and nect it to its corporate headquarters, regional libraries use the OCLC system systems center, and bibliographic data for cataloging and interlending, as do base; and no library users. similar numbers of libraries in Denmark, A decade later, OCLC Europe Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium, supports more than 330 institutions in Finland, Iceland, and Switzerland. twenty countries in Europe, the mid OCLC works closely with a num dle-East, and Africa from its offices in ber of national libraries in Europe, in Birmingham. This office is the hub of sharing bibliographic resources, to fa the OCLC European network, con cilitate interlending, and to provide ad nected by fiber optic telecommunica ditional support to the technical ser tion links between OCLC in Dublin, vice centers of these libraries. They by David Buckle Ohio, and its members and users in include the National Libraries of Scot Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Ire land and Wales, the Royal Library in land, France, the Netherlands, Germa the Netherlands, the Deutsches Biblio- ny, Spain, and many other countries in thek (Germany), the Bibliotheque Na- Europe, the middle East, and Africa. tionale (France), the Bibliotheque de France, the Biblioteca Nacional Libraries have access to the On line Union Catalog to which members (Spain), The British Library, and the and users in North America and the National Library of Turkey. Asian and Pacific areas have access. Some national libraries contribute They also have access to the complete their national bibliographies to the range of OCLC products and services. OCLC database, serving as a major In the United Kingdom and Ireland, source of enrichment to the OCLC nearly 130 libraries use OCLC's data Online Union Catalog of more than base and services to catalog and to inter- twenty-three million unique tides, of lend. These libraries include the majori which more than 50 percent are pub ty of research and university libraries, lished in countries outside North most of the national libraries, including America and more than seven million The British Library, and many public, titles published in languages other college, and special libraries. than English. The database is also en riched by the retrospective conversion In the Netherlands, OCLC works in of the collections of many of the association with its partner PICA Cen trum voor Bibliotheekautomatisering, OCLC libraries in Europe. During the which provides a range of shared servic next three years, more than 500,000 ti tles annually will be retrospectively es to its more than one hundred academ converted for libraries in the United ic, public, and national member libraries. Kingdom and France alone. In France, OCLC works in associ ation with the Ministry of Education While it is apparent by the demand (Direction de la Programmation et du for OCLC services in Europe that the Developpement Universitaire, Sous- growth and momentum realized during Direction des Bibliotheques-DPDU) the past decade will be maintained into and its user group, Association des the future, this growth will not simply Utilisateurs du Réseau OCLC en be to the benefit of the OCLC libraries France (AUROC), to provide shared of Europe. The beneficiaries are the to cataloging services through its com tal community of more than 10,000 li David Buckle is the managing director munications link between Birmingham braries worldwide that OCLC serves. of OCLC Europe.
OCLC Micro – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1991
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