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WorldCat Local—a webscale discovery solution

Investing in WorldCat Local can be the first step toward making your library operate at webscale. WorldCat Local is the front-end user interface for OCLC WorldShare™ Management Services. It is the discovery view for the service that leverages the strength of libraries worldwide alongside your unique, local resources. Additional partnerships for discovery interoperability are also in process.

WorldCat Local is the discovery interface for WorldShare Management Services

The user-friendly WorldCat Local interface supports users’ interaction with your library’s WorldShare Management Services applications. It enables full-featured searching, intuitive use of your library’s delivery options and use of social tools such as contribution and sharing of reviews and ratings.

The discovery-to-delivery functionality of WorldCat Local also connects with other cloud-based, webscale features embedded with WorldShare Management Services. Things like self-service account management, the ability to place and edit holds, do course reserves, view check outs, renew materials and see bills—all happen within the same, intuitive interface your users rely on for discovery and fulfillment.

Move to Webscale on your timescale: implement WorldCat Local first

When you’re considering replacing your current ILS or upgrading to a new system, your library may have previous commitments in terms of current contracts. You can start the process of moving to webscale immediately—and gain immediate benefits of libraries working cooperatively together--by implementing WorldCat Local first.

By approaching it in two steps, the user-facing part of your migration to WorldShare Management Services can happen at a time that is convenient for your end-users, such as winter holidays or summertime for academic libraries. Then you can complete your full WorldShare Management services implementation once your current contract commitment is complete, without worrying about the time of year or impact on end-users for a switch. This way, your end-users will already be comfortable with the general user experience of WorldCat Local for discovery, and you can be more flexible with your timing.

In short, WorldCat Local is a great first step to take advantage of working cooperatively with webscale benefits for your library.

Standalone or as a part of WorldShare Management Services

WorldCat Local connects with many of the WorldShare services, but it’s also a powerful discovery service on its own. You do not need to purchase WorldShare Management Services in order to benefit from the “standalone” WorldCat Local service that will integrate your users’ views for all your collections—physical, electronic and digital materials.