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Cataloging and Metadata

Comprehensive services that work together to improve results

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COMMUNITY—Work together to build a resource for the library world

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WORKFLOW—Streamline technical processing and create efficiencies for all

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QUALITY—Use internationally accepted standards

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OCLC WorldShare Metadata

WorldShare Metadata provides your library with a complete metadata management solution for physical, licensed and digital resources across multiple formats. This set of new applications and services helps libraries address their priorities to achieve greater efficiencies in their workflows and better visibility for their collections. WorldShare Metadata will continue to expand in phases over the next few years. This new functionality supports OCLC's strategy to provide Webscale solutions to the full range of library management needs, including acquisitions, license management, resource sharing and discovery.

WorldShare Metadata works with WMS, alternative cloud-based services, and traditional integrated library systems. For libraries using WorldShare Management Services, WorldShare Metadata can fully integrate these functions in the same staff interface, significantly improving efficiency for “back office” operations.

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“WorldCat embodies the best values of our profession: free access to a global network of information and knowledge unencumbered by politics, national borders or cultural divisions.  Other professions can only dream about the kind of global cooperation and access that WorldCat represents.”

John F. Szabo, City Librarian,
Los Angeles Public Library

The commitment of librarians to cooperation and resource sharing is one of the greatest strengths of the profession

Members use OCLC cataloging and metadata services, which are based on WorldCat, to extend and enhance the power of library cooperation. By being a part of this global community, you are building and enhancing an international, Webscale resource for the library world that will help your users find information they need and increase the productivity of your staff.

Working together creates efficiencies for all

Thanks to the ongoing work of dedicated OCLC member catalogers, WorldCat provides the most valuable data to keep collection information accurate. The need for original cataloging is minimized, and authority work is streamlined by automatic updating of controlled headings. Your technical processing will be faster and more accurate as members share the effort to create and maintain metadata for print, electronic and digital collections.

The cooperative's adherence to standards and principles underpin WorldCat and OCLC Cataloging services, making them two of the most trusted and valued resources in the library community. In addition, a dedicated staff of cataloging experts and researchers are constantly enhancing WorldCat-based services to keep members on the edge of innovation, and to help libraries advance and adapt in changing times.

We can work with you to determine the best mix of services based on your workflow.


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WorldCat Quality: An OCLC Report

This paper describes OCLC's steps to make it easier to find items in WorldCat and get them from OCLC member libraries.

Read the report

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Style 23, Rule 6, & Other Notes on Change Management

Karen Schneider presents "Style 23, Rule 6, & Other Notes on Change Management"

Watch the video [48 minutes]

Upcoming events

25 August 2015

WorldCat and Metadata Globalization: An Introduction

Please join us to hear Daniel van Spanje, OCLC Senior Product Manager, Leiden, Netherlands, present on "WorldCat and Metadata Globalization: An Introduction." Anja Smit, University Librarian at Utrecht University and Global Council President, will host the event.

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

25 August 2015

Managing your licenses and e-resources: A detailed demonstration in WorldShare License Manager and WorldCat knowledge base

During this one-hour detailed demonstration of WorldShare Management Services, you will learn how WorldShare License Manager brings together the two key features of electronic resource management: (1) knowledge about licenses that govern their purchase and use, and (2) knowledge base and linking technology that connect users to needed content in a single place.

License Manager: You will see how to reduce the complexity of managing all of your licenses and how you can eliminate the need to synchronize data across multiple interfaces to manage license agreements, rights, access and resolution to full text.

WorldCat knowledge base: You will see how the knowledge base provides comprehensive data about the e-resources of member libraries, automatically updating records in WorldCat, thus giving instant access to licensed resources for users. Also, you will see there is no additional necessary uploading or synchronization of licensed resources with local catalogs.

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

27 August 2015

Worldshare ILL Release Update - August 2015 Release

This program will include an overview of new features now available in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan as well as information about plans for future enhancements to the service.

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

“The many advantages of membership include: the millions of MARC records which cause squeals of delight to the cataloguing community and which are easy to contribute; international interlibrary loan; cataloguing and metadata services such as the WorldCat Cataloging Partners service; and the gateway to cutting-edge research designed to make your library accelerate in the virtual reality of today.”

Mary Curran, Head of Cataloguing Services at the University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Past Cataloging and Metadata Management events

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AUG 25

25 August 2015

Please join us to hear Daniel van Spanje, OCLC Senior Product Manager, Leiden, Netherlands, present on "WorldCat and Metadata Globalization: An Introduction." Anja Smit, University Librarian at Utrecht University and Global Council President, will host the event.

  • Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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AUG 25

25 August 2015

During this one-hour detailed demonstration of WorldShare Management Services, you will learn how WorldShare License Manager brings together the two key features of electronic resource management: (1) knowledge about licenses that govern their purchase and use, and (2) knowledge base and linking technology that connect users to needed content in a single place.

License Manager: You will see how to reduce the complexity of managing all of your licenses and how you can eliminate the need to synchronize data across multiple interfaces to manage license agreements, rights, access and resolution to full text.

WorldCat knowledge base: You will see how the knowledge base provides comprehensive data about the e-resources of member libraries, automatically updating records in WorldCat, thus giving instant access to licensed resources for users. Also, you will see there is no additional necessary uploading or synchronization of licensed resources with local catalogs.

  • Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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SEP 17

17 September 2015

During this one-hour overview demonstration of WorldShare Management Services, you will:

  • See how the services help you to simplify your library management workflows
  • Learn how the services improve discovery and access of your library’s physical collections, including print monographs, serials and multivolume works
  • Understand how WorldShare Management Services free your library from the restrictions of local hardware and software to provide more time to focus on serving users and your community.
    • Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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SEP 18

18 September 2015

Join your colleagues for a day of robust discussions about the OCLC services you use.

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Venue: DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Central Daylight Time, North America [UTC -5]

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SEP 22

22 September 2015

Join your colleagues for a day of robust discussions about the OCLC services you use.

  • Location: West Jordan, Utah
  • Venue: Viridian Center, Salt Lake County Library Services
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time, North America [UTC -6]

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SEP 24

24 September 2015

During this one-hour detailed demonstration of WorldShare Management Services, you will learn how you can streamline all of your circulation tasks through a single, Web-based interface. You’ll also learn how your library operations can be performed on any tablet, laptop, smartphone or device with a Web browser. The portability of these devices means you can more easily complete tasks, such as inventory, because you carry out the tasks in your library’s stacks.

Circulation: You will see how to easily use the account management functions, including check-in, check-out and renewals, as well as integrated hold and fine management. We will demonstrate how the services track availability and holds in real time, enabling you to generate a pull list on demand.

Course Reserves: You will see how easy it is for anyone, including student workers, to create and duplicate a list, and store everything electronically.

  • Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]