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Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organisation dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalogue, lend and preserve library materials.
OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa have regional offices in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK. The Division works with professionals and end users from academic and public libraries, the health sector, as well as government and cultural institutions.Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it.OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the OCLC Online Union Catalogue.
In late 2011, OCLC introduced OCLC WorldShare, a new platform and a new brand that signaled OCLC’s commitment to greater collaboration in library service delivery.
The OCLC WorldShare Platform, enables library developers, partners and other organisations to create, configure and share a wide range of applications that deliver new functionality and value for libraries and their users. This facilitates collaboration and app-sharing across the library community so that libraries can combine library-built applications, partner-built applications and OCLC-built applications.The first services built on the new technical infrastructure were OCLC WorldShare Management Services, formerly known as Webscale Management Services, and include circulation, acquisitions and license management applications. More than 30 libraries are already using OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and more than 170 libraries worldwide have committed to the new services.