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WorldShare Metadata

Improve workflow efficiency and collection visibility with a complete metadata solution.


WorldShare Metadata

Automatically manage metadata for your collections

WorldShare Metadata maintains WorldCat holdings and automatically delivers MARC records when changes that you care about are made to the WorldCat record and as your collection evolves. This ensures that bibliographic data for all your titles and access URLs for e-content are continually updated in your discovery interface.

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Streamline record-at-a-time cataloging

Create new and enrich existing items in WorldCat with efficient, record-at-a-time metadata management for your physical and electronic materials.

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As your collections of electronic and licensed materials grow, your staff face a number of challenges in managing metadata for content that is purchased in collections. They often have to support multiple workflows, manually tracking when data of varying frequencies and quality is available from different sources. Missing updated metadata can result in a user clicking a link, discovering that an item isn't available, becoming discouraged and then disengaging from your library entirely.

WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager allows you to define and configure your e-book and other electronic collections in one place, and automatically receive initial and updated customized WorldCat MARC records for all e-titles from one source, providing your users access to the titles and content from within the local library catalog or other discovery interface. This improves user satisfaction and ensures that users are less likely to bypass your library's services. Collections can be selected from the global WorldCat knowledge base oryou can create new standard collections defined title by title or new query-based collections based on existing WorldCat indexes.

The WorldCat knowledge base and WorldCat underpin many OCLC services, including WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager. The knowledge base combines data about e-resource ownership and linking information for access to content. It includes library-, publisher- and OCLC-contributed content from around the world, including e-books, e-journals and open access content. It also brings more timely and accurate access to content from WorldCat Local search results and higher fulfillment rates for libraries that share articles and e-books through WorldCat Resource Sharing. Download the list of content included in the WorldCat knowledge base.

Manage your collection on your terms

Integrate WorldCat record management and holdings maintenance using your choice of applications powered by the WorldCat Metadata API.

Learn more about the WorldCat Metadata API

“With WorldShare Metadata, we get more efficient workflows for our materials and more accurate access to e-books in our catalog and through outside discovery services.”

Holly TomrenHolly Tomren
Head of Metadata Services
Drexel University Libraries

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