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Librarians: Put your library in WorldCat

In a growing universe of information alternatives, libraries can achieve far more working collectively than they can independently. That's the whole idea behind WorldCat, a global library network designed to enhance Web-based discovery of library resources and reduce the costs of managing, sharing and providing access to them

WorldCat gets libraries back into the Web user's toolbox

Cyberspace, schmyberspace—the Internet is the workspace of a new generation. The Web doesn't just let us find information quickly—it lets us add to it, categorize and layer it, share it, and keep it updated and easily digested. WorldCat data is openly searchable on the Web and integrates social-networking, linking and other rapidly developing technologies to get your resources seen and used in the new "place" where work gets done.

A full plate of services any library can plug into

Thousands of libraries, consortiums, museums and allied cultural institutions are plugged in to WorldCat, and they don't just use it—they become a part of it. The bibliographic and ownership information they contribute to WorldCat's core database in turn drives a platform of services that enhance every workflow—cataloging, discovery, reference, collection management, resource sharing and digital preservation—using the cumulative power of the network.

Benefits beyond the bottom line

Libraries that join WorldCat realize more than just financial benefits: They see increases in staff efficiency; the visibility and diversity of their collections; and overall level of service to customers. They also gain membership status in OCLC, a nonprofit, cooperative service and research organization that advocates and advances the societal role of libraries through the use of technology.

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