WorldCat Local "quick start"
WorldCat Local "quick start": your first step toward Web-scale, cooperative library services
WorldCat Local "quick start" delivers your library's resources and resources of the world's libraries in a single search result. It is included in a subscription to WorldCat on FirstSearch at no additional charge.
WorldCat Local connects users' search experience with library management systems—today, that means WorldCat, your catalog, local availability and resource sharing. OCLC has recently begun to introduce the next steps toward Web-scale library management services with acquisitions and circulation services for early adopters. Additional Web-scale delivery and license management services are in development now.
What do you get with WorldCat Local "quick start"?
WorldCat Local "quick start" offers libraries:
- Display of your library's holdings first in search results, followed by the holdings of other WorldCat libraries
- Local branding of a WorldCat search box, URL and user interface
- Links to an existing OpenURL resolver for access from the over 100 million article citations in WorldCat.org to the online full text to which libraries like yours subscribe
- Single-search access to WorldCat and the electronic resource content (FirstSearch databases, NetLibrary eBooks and eAudiobooks, Electronic Collections Online eJournals) you purchase from OCLC
- Integration of existing OCLC delivery/interlibrary loan services (WorldCat Resource Sharing, ILLiad), plus additional integration of your library's print, electronic and digital materials, making it an even better way to help users find exactly what they want
- Interoperability with a single local library catalog for real-time item availability information and place holds
- Direct link to item availability in library OPACs, which supports user access to materials in non-interoperable ILSs
- Access to the same social networking tools available on WorldCat.org
- Mobile-optimized views for iOS and Android phones with basic functionality such as location, shelf status, call number and the ability to place a hold or request an item.
If your library has another Web-accessible ILS, you and your users will benefit from features such as local branding, ranked search results and links to existing services. Expanded access to real-time availability interoperability will be added in phases, to give you a method to create interoperability with WorldCat for your library.
Want to get started? It's as easy as "Ready… Set… Go!"
If you're as excited about WorldCat Local "quick start" as we are, you probably want to jump right in and get the service up-and-running. Well, here's more good news—it's easy to get started with WorldCat Local "quick start." Here's a brief overview of what to do next in three easy steps:
- Ready — If you already subscribe to WorldCat on FirstSearch and catalog with OCLC, complete the registration form to initiate your WorldCat Local "quick start." It only takes a few minutes, and you'll get your branded URL back within 24 hours.
- Set — If your holdings are current in WorldCat, then you're ready to "Go!" If not, updating and/or reindexing your local MARC records is fast and easy. You'll also want to configure the service to meet your local needs.
- Go! — Train your staff on how WorldCat Local "quick start" will be integrated into your online resources, put your unique search box on your Web site, and start letting users know about it.
Learn more about getting started with WorldCat Local "quick start."
Note: Availability of interoperability features will vary by ILS. Interoperability is available now for most libraries with the following integrated library systems and methods: Ex Libris Aleph (Z39.50), Ex Libris Voyager, SirsiDynix Horizon, Unicorn and Symphony, and Innovative Interfaces Millennium and INNOPAC.