In 2007, Libraries Australia entered into a collaborative services agreement with Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) which manages the WorldCat database.
The agreement was a major step forward in the sharing of Australian bibliographic data and exposure of Australian library collections internationally.
The key points of the agreement are:
all Australian libraries who are members of Libraries Australia have unlimited search and cataloguing access to OCLC WorldCat
libraries must be Libraries Australia members to get access to WorldCat through the agreement
records are cross synchronised—that is, Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) records with Australian library holdings are provided to WorldCat, and WorldCat records with Australian library holdings are provided to the ANBD
ANBD records are exposed in search engines through the Open WorldCat program and on the web via WorldCat.org
Australian libraries who contribute all of their current cataloguing and holdings to the ANBD and WorldCat become members of OCLC.
The agreement was renewed in July 2014 for a further 4 years.