From your 1997-98 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
Benard Strong Marcia Talley
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> Mid-Continent Public Library and OCLC TechPro Hit 39 Millionth Record
> DUBLIN, Ohio, May 19, 1998--The OCLC TechPro service, working on a
> project for the Mid-Continent Public Library in western Missouri,
> entered the 39 millionth bibliographic record into WorldCat (the OCLC
> Online Union Catalog) on April 23.
> The record was for an early- to mid-20th century street map, created
> F.J. Miller, showing the area around Barnstable and Yarmouth,
> "The map is part of a project from a genealogy and local history
> collection that had not been processed," said Lars Hagelin, special
> projects librarian, Mid-Continent Public Library. "TechPro is
> cataloging them so that people will know what we have. It is a pretty
> disparate collection--a lot of regional maps, plus other areas of the
> country and even some from Europe."
> TechPro, OCLC's contract cataloging service, began processing the
> books and 1,200 maps involved in the project in January 1998.
> "I was unaware that we were even close to the 39 million mark and
> know that one of my maps was it until the next morning," said Ian
> the TechPro cataloger who entered the record. "It's not anything I
> thought I'd do. I'm still surprised by it."
> TechPro offers experienced cataloging of special collections such as
> music, medicine, law, business and technology, environmental science
> computer science. The service handles a wide variety of special
> cataloging for libraries including visual materials, scores, sound
> recordings, serials and computer files. TechPro maintains a specific
> room in its offices for map cataloging.
> "There seems to be a growing interest in cataloging maps," said
> Whitacre, manager, OCLC Technical Processing. "Maps take a special
> of skills that many catalogers never need to learn. OCLC TechPro can
> help libraries catalog these materials with staff members who have
> specially trained to handle them."
> "Some of these items are unique," said Mr. Engle. "The fact that
> libraries are sending these original materials to us for cataloging
> a lot about the trust they have in us."
> This is the second time that a TechPro staff member has entered a
> millionth record. The service also entered the 28 millionth record
> WorldCat for the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, a member
> the SUNY/OCLC network, on April 28, 1993.
> The Mid-Continent Public Library, based in Independence, Missouri,
> consists of 29 branches serving Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in
> western Missouri. Established in 1965, it is now one of the largest
> library systems in the United States. Mid-Continent is a member of
> Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC). MLNC libraries also
> entered the 33 and 35 millionth records.
> The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entered the 38
> record into WorldCat on Nov. 24, 1997.
> WorldCat, available to libraries online since 1971, is a merged,
> electronic catalog of the bibliographic and holdings information of
> member libraries worldwide.
> Based in Dublin, Ohio, TechPro has provided contract cataloging and
> physical processing services for materials in all bibliographic
> and many languages since 1985.
> OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership,
> library service and research organization whose computer network and
> services link more than 26,000 libraries in 64 countries and
> <http://www.oclc.org/>. (GP)