The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) was recently named one of the top 10 original catalogers in the world in OCLC’s Annual Report for FY12. During that period, GPO added 17,310 new records for U.S. Government information products to WorldCat, a database of bibliographic information built continuously by libraries around the world and OCLC.
As one of the founding members of the OCLC network in 1976, GPO has reached several important milestones as an active contributor to WorldCat over the years. In 1992, a GPO Cataloger contributed the 100,000th record to the OCLC Bibliographic Database, and in 1999, another GPO cataloger contributed the 43,000,000th record.
About OCLC: Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. Libraries around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the OCLC Online Union Catalog.