Overdrive Joins OCLC Cataloging Partners Program

Aug 19, 2003


OverDrive, Inc., a provider of library eBook solutions has been added to the OCLC Cataloging Partners Program. OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is a computer library service and research organization.  OverDrive's participation in the program has led to the creation of a new MARC record for eBooks that contains rich full-text bibliographic information pertaining to digital media and helps librarians save budget dollars in the collection development process.

As part of the program, OCLC is also adding OverDrive's Content Reserve collection of eBooks to WorldCat, a database of bibliographic information containing nearly 50 million records. In addition, OverDrive is providing OCLC with catalog data on tens of thousands of eBooks in several formats including Adobe Reader (PDF), Microsoft Reader and Palm Digital Media. eBook titles from publishing houses such as HarperCollins PerfectBound, AOL Time Warner, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, and others are available for purchase by libraries through Content Reserve an online repository of eBooks.

OCLC also provides customized MARC records for each library that includes a dynamic link (URL) providing users with a direct link to the library Web site where the eBook is available for downloading. This further automates the process of adding OverDrive eBook titles to a library's catalog holdings. OCLC is working with the Library of Congress to further standardize this new MARC record format for eBooks.

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