Contract Cataloguing services solve your library's cataloguing challenges. We help you optimize your collection, manage your resources and provide improved service to your users. When you contract with OCLC Contract Cataloguing, you partner with the most experienced cataloguing professionals available today. It's like instantly adding a team of experts to your staff—experts who care about your collection as much as you do.

Solutions that save time and resources. There's truth to the adage, "If a user can't find it, the item isn't really there." The fact is, if your holdings aren't current in WorldCat, or they're missing from the OPAC, they're all but invisible to your users. As an added value, your library holding symbol is set in WorldCat on items catalogued as part of your Contract Cataloguing project. Your library holdings gain visibility on the Web through and WorldCat Local, further enabling your users to discover content from your collections. And that means an increased return on the investment you've made in your library's collection.

OCLC Contract Cataloguing services help you solve cataloguing challenges while dramatically improving your service to users.

Contract Cataloguing is much more than a single service—it is a collection of expert, inter-disciplinary capabilities that are brought together according to your needs.

Our solutions are designed for your library, whether you require ongoing cataloguing support or help with special materials. We work quickly, cost effectively and with little to no impact on your library's daily operations and staff allocation.

What's more, our cataloguing professionals have extensive experience implementing cataloguing projects for public, academic and special libraries of all sizes. The variety and extent of their cataloguing experience translates into high-quality records for your collection.

A better way to manage your current workload

Whether your library needs help with new acquisitions and ongoing cataloguing, backlogs, gift collections, special formats or non-English materials, OCLC can help you at a lower cost than you might expect. Contract Cataloguing shares your commitment to quality and attention to detail. Services include:

New acquisitions

Have new acquisitions shipped directly to OCLC for cataloguing.  Simply give your material vendors our address for shipments and we will handle the cataloguing and physical processing for all of your new acquisitions.

Cataloging in all formats and languages

Our team of cataloguers can help you with your routine, day-to-day materials as well as nonbooks and non-English language materials. OCLC catalogs materials in more than 50 languages and all formats (including DVDs, musical scores, maps and electronic resources).

Short-term fixes and ongoing cataloguing support

A growing backlog of materials puts unnecessary stress on your staff and slows the pace of placing items on shelves. Let OCLC quickly eliminate your backlog by handling the cataloguing for you.

Gift collection management and special projects

A sudden influx of new or unusual items, such as an unexpected gift collection, can tie up staff time and resources. OCLC will work with you to develop a plan for cataloguing your gift collections and special projects.

OCLC Contract Cataloguing in Canada

OCLC LTS Library Technical Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba, provides comprehensive cataloguing services for libraries throughout Canada.

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