Advancing the profession through participation
OCLC members are the compass of the cooperative. From testing features or piloting innovative new services, to providing ongoing feedback on existing ones, members shape the future of OCLC services through their participation in any number of programs, groups and leadership roles. The opportunity to participate and contribute evolves over time as new challenges arise throughout the profession, and your participation in such groups is a unique benefit of your OCLC membership. Your input drives our development and enhances the value of the sum of the cooperative's offerings.
OCLC Projects and Pilots
OCLC Projects and Pilots provides all of our current opportunities for trials, tests and pilot programs.
OCLC has many active advisory groups and user communities throughout the cooperative that focus on a specific function within libraries or a set of OCLC products and services. The following user support centers are open to current users:
Expert Community for cataloging
OCLC welcomes all member libraries with full-level cataloging authorizations to participate in the Expert Community. Participants are able to correct, improve and upgrade all WorldCat master records, with the exception of PCC records (BIBCO and CONSER records). Library of Congress records that are not PCC records are included. Learn more about the Expert Community.
Individuals are invited by OCLC to participate in the following advisory groups. If you are interested in participating in any of the following groups, please contact your your local OCLC office by email.
- Coming soon—OCLC WorldShare™ ILL Advisory Group
- FirstSearch Transition Advisory Group
- Expert Cataloging Community
- Coming soon—E-Resource Sharing Advisory Group
OCLC Developer Network
The OCLC Developer Network is a community of developers collaborating to propose, discuss and test OCLC Web Services. This open source, code-sharing infrastructure improves the value of OCLC data for all users by encouraging new OCLC Web Service uses. The Developer Network welcomes anyone interested in exploring Web Services opportunities.
OCLC's governance is comprised of three Regional Councils: Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the OCLC Global Council. Individuals from member institutions may run for office for a leadership position. Anyone is welcome to serve on a committee, or volunteer as an OCLC ambassador at a membership conference or event. There are many ways to get involved. Start today contacting your respective Regional Council Executive Committee: