National Library of Mongolia joins OCLC
The National Library of Mongolia (NLM) has joined Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) through an agreement negotiated on behalf of NLM by D.Enerel, Assistant Professor and Catalog Librarian at Middle Tennessee State University, and Andrew H. Wang, Vice President, OCLC Asia Pacific. The agreement provides the National Library of Mongolia use of OCLC Connection Service through September 2014, and allows NLM to contribute up to 1,000 titles on WorldCat, an international online catalog that helps OCLC members share resources, reduce costs, and increase their visibility and impact in the communities they serve.
The National Library of Mongolia is the first library in Mongolia to introduce the OCLC online cataloging system in the country and the largest library in Mongolia in terms of publications and services. Its collections include more than three million printed books, serials, and manuscripts in all subject areas, and in many foreign languages, including Tibetan, Sanskrit, Manchurian, Russian, German, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, and other languages. Included in these
collections are rare sutras written in Classical Mongolian scripts, including Uyghur, Clear (Oirat), Square, and Soyombo.
D.Enerel is currently in Ulaanbaatar as a Library Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies. She is assisting NLM with OCLC cataloging training and the implementation of cataloging standards, and conducting short-term library development projects. D.Enerel said, “Joining the OCLC community is a significant milestone for The National Library of Mongolia to share its collections with the world. The library is delighted to cooperate with OCLC, and hopes to make valuable contributions for years to come.”
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