OCLC, a nonprofit library service and research organization, and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services. Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search program, which makes the full text of books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google. Google will link from Google Book Search to WorldCat.org. Google will share data and links to digitized books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitized collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat. WorldCat metadata will be made available to Google directly from OCLC or through member libraries participating in the Google Book Search program.
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