Cathey Daniels, (865) 576-9539
May 16, 2006

OSTI Increases Visibility of DOE Science via WorldCat

Oak Ridge, TN — Librarians from around the world have a new avenue of access to research results from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

More than 120,000 records for DOE scientific and technical information are now available in WorldCat, a database merging catalogues of more than 50,000 libraries in 96 countries and territories.

"The library community will have access to DOE report literature as never before," said Dr. Walter Warnick, director of the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). "This is one more way that OSTI makes R&D electronically accessible." DOE research and development (R&D) records recently made available in WorldCat reflect those of the Information Bridge, developed by OSTI. The DOE Office of Science organization has developed a suite of Web tools and services aimed at sharing science information.

Information Bridge consists of more than 125,000 full-text documents in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics. The information was produced and made available by the DOE National Laboratories and grantees from 1994 forward. Additional documents are included in Information Bridge as they become available in electronic format.

The WorldCat database was built and is maintained collectively by member librarians of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) [exit federal site]. The OCLC is a nonprofit, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs.

OSTI's mission is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to DOE researchers and the American people. OSTI's connection to WorldCat was facilitated by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), a resource-sharing consortium for librarians and information centers.