I hadn’t heard this before, but back in 1971 my library was apparently the
first to catalog books electronically, in partnership with the OCLC. Lightning coincidentally struck OCLC headquarters that same night – perhaps signaling their “auspicious beginning,” or perhaps as electrostatic retribution for those 17 OU cataloging positions that weren’t refilled as a result of the analog-to-digital transition. I’m hoping that it might strike again and convince OCLC to share their 98,765,513 WorldCat records with the Open Library Project, which would be an excellent way for them to achieve the following goals:
Thanks to Chad for forwarding this post libraryside.