OCLC’s Cataloging, FirstSearch and WorldCat Resource Sharing services will undergo major change during the next few years to support the evolving needs of libraries. This transformation will provide new and expanded functionality to OCLC members. It will also advance OCLC’s strategy to collaboratively build Webscale with libraries.
OCLC WorldShare™ Metadata is now available to all OCLC Cataloging subscribers. This set of new applications and services will be made available in phases over the next few years. In August 2012, OCLC introduced OCLC WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager. This new service automatically delivers WorldCat MARC records and maintains WorldCat holdings for all or subsets of your collection, including licensed, digital and physical materials. The bibliographic metadata for all titles and access URLs for e-content are continually updated in your discovery interface. Complete the request form and start using Collection Manager. In June 2013, OCLC introduced the WorldShare Metadata API through the OCLC WorldShare Platform, which enables you to manage WorldCat data through integration with library- and partner-built applications. Libraries use the Metadata API to conveniently add and enrich WorldCat records and maintain WorldCat holdings information and local bibliographic data. Coming in September 2013, OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager will be available to libraries using WorldShare Management Services. In 2014, Record Manager will be available to all OCLC cataloging members using WorldShare Management Services, alternative cloud-based services and traditional integrated library systems.
OCLC’s discovery services will combine the precision searching of FirstSearch with the reach of WorldCat.org and its user-friendly features. This new unified and contemporary discovery experience will replace the current FirstSearch service. Beta testing of the new user experience is now underway. To participate in this beta, complete the registration form.
The new OCLC WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan service is now available to libraries in the United States that subscribe to WorldCat Resource Sharing. In June, the new service will be available to libraries everywhere. The new service replaces the current WorldCat Resource Sharing service. Libraries will migrate from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan until December 31, 2013, when WorldCat Resource Sharing access ends.
The new service will transform traditional interlibrary loan into a broader fulfillment service that supports evolving workflow changes such as purchasing needed items instead of borrowing them. This will position interlibrary loan as one of many options a library can offer to suit library policies and user needs.
David Whitehair, Metadata Management, Mindy Pozenel, WorldCat Discovery Services, and Katie Birch, Delivery Services, present the future of OCLC’s cataloging, discovery and interlibrary loan services. Topics include new tools for a complete metadata management solution for licensed, digital and print resources; how expert search features will enhance a compelling staff and user search experience; and a new interlibrary loan service that will transform traditional ILL with a broader set of fulfillment options.
We will post news and information about OCLC's cataloging, discovery and interlibrary loan services to the OCLC-CAT, OCLC-FIRSTSEARCH-L and OCLC-SHARING-L discussion lists, respectively.
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