"This OCLC RetroCon project will enhance the richness of the CJK [Chinese, Japanese, and Korean] collection in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog), thereby enabling researchers beyond the Yale campus to discover and gain access to these valuable materials."
"We are extremely pleased that the retrospective conversion of our records representing East Asian language materials will be completed by the OCLC RetroCon service in 3 years," said Hideo Kaneko, curator of Yale University's East Asian Collection.
The Yale University RetroCon project coincides with an upcoming change in standards to represent Chinese characters with roman letters in catalog records.
Since 1976, the OCLC RetroCon service staff has converted millions of records for libraries.
The University of Iowa Libraries is using a combination of OCLC RetroCon services to convert 656,000 book titles and 38,000 scores and sound recordings to machine-readable form.
The project uses both RetroCon Batch and the RetroCon service.
Gary Houk, vice president of OCLC Services, said, "Iowa's decision to use our conversion team for both the RetroCon and RetroCon Batch services demonstrates an innovative and economic solution that will greatly increase access to the largest library system in Iowa."
The University of Iowa Libraries collection is quite comprehensive, and our preliminary analysis shows that the success rate for RetroCon Batch processing should be well within this percentage."