Smartly entitled "Extending the Cooperative," OCLC's annual report and fiscal disclosure statement for 2000-2001 again presents the dynamic efforts and impressive accomplishments of one of the world's premiere online content and service providers to libraries and other information networks. In particular, OCLC has spent a great deal of the past year extending its user base, in large part through the implementation of a new Oracle-based platform, which allows for increased access in Web environments. Currently available through more than 40,000 member libraries in 82 countries, OCLC's services enrich the lives of millions of patrons, users, and librarians daily. Just one figure alone well serves to illustrate the reach and wealth of OCLC's resources, as the report discloses that in 2001 the 45 millionth unique item, or cataloging, record was added to WorldCat, a service that provides users with electronic access to the Library of Congress Union Catalogue. Working with libraries both large and small, public and private, OCLC has greatly improved upon an already admirable ability to provide bibliograhic information while broadening its services to include other content as well, including online documents and other full text electronic resources. Clearly, 2000-2001 saw great changes for OCLC and its world of users.


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