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WorldShare Metadata

With WorldShare Metadata Services, you can:

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Save time and improve collection-level discovery

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Manage records quickly and easily

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Build and share solutions to streamline workflows

Save time and improve collection-level discovery

Does your staff support multiple workflows for your electronic materials? Is incomplete metadata disrupting your users' discovery experience? WorldShare Metadata Services addresses these metadata management concerns as well as the those related to managing collections of print materials. 

With WorldShare Metadata Services, you can:

  • streamline metadata workflows across electronic and print collections;
  • register, manage, create and share electronic collections using the WorldCat knowledge base;
  • automatically maintain WorldCat® holdings and receive WorldCat MARC records with ongoing updates, including URL changes; and
  • manage demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) collections.

Here's how it works:

  1. One-time setup requires you to:
    • request WorldShare Metadata Services,
    • activate WorldCat holdings option, and
    • define the preferred MARC record editing options.
  2. Register your collections.
  3. Automatically (one-time and/or ongoing):
    • maintain WorldCat holdings and
    • get MARC records and detailed reports delivered.
  4. Staff loads records to your local catalog and other discovery tools.

As a result, users have better access to your library's collection, and your staff gains time for other priorities.

Manage records quickly and easily

WorldShare Metadata Services lets you:

  • create and enrich existing WorldCat records,
  • set and delete WorldCat holdings,
  • manage local holdings records (LHRs) and local bibliographic data (LBD),
  • save in-progress bibliographic records for later use,
  • search and display Library of Congress authority records,
  • incorporate auto-suggested FAST subject headings,
  • export bibliographic records via TCP/IP connection to your local system, and
  • link to the RDA Toolkit via IP authentication.

Watch a brief introduction video to learn how to manage records in WorldShare Metadata Services and to get familiar with the interface and its purpose.

The current release of WorldShare Metadata Services complements functionality available in Connexion. OCLC will continue to enhance WorldShare Metadata Services over the next few years to further streamline metadata management and to enhance discoverability of your library's materials.

Note to OCLC Cataloging Subscribers: Record management functionality will be available to early adopters in the second half of 2014. There is no end-of-life date for Connexion®, and additional migration information will be available at a later time.

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Build and share solutions that streamline workflows

The WorldCat Metadata API was created in response to member library requests. Librarians and developers can use this Metadata API to build and share solutions that streamline and enhance your local library workflows. It can be integrated into existing systems or used to build new applications. With the Metadata API, you can:

  • integrate WorldCat Metadata with library and partner-built applications, such as MarcEdit;
  • add and enrich WorldCat records, holdings and local bibliographic data; and
  • innovate, build and share new library solutions.

Visit the OCLC Developer Network for additional information on the WorldCat Metadata API.  

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