August 30, 2011

WorldCat Celebrates 40 Years

Founded in Ohio 40 years ago, WorldCat now includes the holdings of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries worldwide.  "On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog and Shared Cataloging system (now known as WorldCat) began operation. That first day, from a single terminal, catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, cataloged 133 books online. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 240 million records representing more than 1.7 billion items in OCLC member libraries worldwide."  Happy Birthday WorldCat!

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