Authoritative single source for institutional metadata
Your library is defined by much more than its collection. Increasingly as important as metadata about the things you own (cataloged in WorldCat's core bibliographic database) is metadata about the institution itself: its identity, electronic services, relationships, staff contacts and other pertinent data that informs the processes and systems driving your entire enterprise. However, maintenance of this data can become a random, unstructured and time-consuming workflow: Your staff touches multiple organizational identities separately and repeatedly using Web forms, phone calls and other methods.
The WorldCat Registry lets you efficiently manage and disseminate up-to-date information from a comprehensive, extensible and secure Web platform. The WorldCat Registry profile becomes the one place where you store data and share it with fellow consortium institutions, technology vendors, electronic content or service providers, funding agencies, OCLC and other bodies.
Registry data also drives broader Web discovery of your resources: Electronic-service information in your profile helps Web searchers link more easily to your e-content through OCLC's OpenURL Gateway, and WorldCat-participating libraries see syndication of their Registry-profiled catalog and service links on WorldCat.org, the Web platform that greatly enhances visibility of holdings and services across Google, Yahoo! and other major Web destinations.
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