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RE: tc-list Gremlins and OCLC

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  • GLINCOLN @ LBC * GLINCOLN
    The O in OCLC originally did refer to Ohio but after several name changes, including O=Online, they are back to only the acronym. The RLIN network does
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 2, 1998
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      The "O" in OCLC originally did refer to Ohio but after several name
      changes, including O=Online, they are back to only the acronym. The RLIN
      network does duplicate and overlap OCLC to some extent. Most if not all
      the research libraries that belong to RLIN are also a member of OCLC. The
      groups were originally created for shared cataloging (the first library
      that cataloged a book entered the record for the other libraries to use).
      OCLC member RLIN libraries should be placing the record of their holdings
      onto OCLC as they catalog. All Library of Congress (and several other
      national library) records are automatically loaded onto OCLC. It is a vast
      union catalog of the holdings of all the member libraries in one place.
      Its reason for being is to eliminate as much as possible the duplication of
      effort and lower the costs of library operation.

      The Worldcat is another name for the union database used by OCLC under
      their FirstSearch service designed for public access. It is available at
      most college and university libraries for searching. The Web site is
      WWW.OCLC.ORG but you would need a password. I did turn in a suggestion
      that they create individual accounts for searching but have not heard that
      they have it available. If more individuals would send in the suggestion
      they might recognize the need.

      In regard to the pasting of the bibliographic records, it is possible that
      there could have been a special character. There is a special mapping for
      the ALA character set in order to transliterate any script into the Latin
      alphabet and a combination from it may have caused a problem. I apologize
      for any problems with the pasting of the bibliographic records.

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