Oracle Goes to the Library

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), a nonprofit membership organization serving 39,517 libraries in 76 countries and territories around the world, has selected the Oracle Database as the new platform for the organization's WorldCat database and online services in cataloging, resource sharing and reference. In operation since 1971, the OCLC WorldCat database is the world's largest bibliographic database, containing more than 47 million records and 800 million location listings.

The Oracle Database will replace proprietary systems that OCLC has been using for the past 30 years. OCLC hopes the platform will help consolidate data and metadata in one repository, making it easier for subscribers to search for and access information contained in WorldCat via Web browsers.

OCLC also plans to consolidate the systems used to support libraries' online cataloging, interlibrary loan and reference services. With one centralized repository, OCLC expects to reduce operating costs and the time it takes to develop new applications and services. OCLC will implement the Oracle Database in phases, starting in late 2001.

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