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British and Spanish libraries working with OCLC to test new record management functionality

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OCLC is working with 13 libraries to beta test OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager, which offers new record management functionality that enhances a library’s ability to catalogue its collections, including electronic, digital and physical materials.

OCLC began working with a group of academic, public and special libraries in the United States early this year to test Record Manager functionality. Then, libraries in the UK, Australia and Spain recently joined the pilot. Cataloguing librarians at the participating libraries are using Record Manager to create new WorldCat records, enrich existing records, maintain WorldCat holdings data and customise local bibliographic data. This brings with it flexibility and improvements to the way libraries describe and profile the unique resources that they hold.

WorldShare Metadata is a core part of OCLC’s strategy to provide integrated Webscale solutions to support the complete library management workflow, including selection, acquisition, metadata, license management, discovery, resource sharing and analytics. OCLC is developing Record Manager as a complement to WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager, used to automatically update the metadata and access details for collections of electronic resources. These new WorldShare Metadata applications will be enhanced in phases over the next few years and provide a complete metadata management solution for licensed, digital and physical resources across multiple formats.

WorldShare Metadata Record Manager will be available to libraries using WorldShare Management Services beginning in September 2013. In 2014, Record Manager will be available to all OCLC cataloguing members using WMS, alternative cloud-based services or traditional integrated library systems.

More information about OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager is available on the OCLC website.

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