WorldCat data sync collections fundamentals: processing paths for optimal outcomes

This online course provides an overview of data sync collections through workflow scenarios that describe the data sync collection process, data types accepted and output options.

Course overview

Data synchronization is an automated process that compares bibliographic or local holdings records sent from an institution against records in WorldCat and manages holdings on those matching records.  These records may be from an institution’s local catalog or from another source sent on the institution’s behalf.  WorldCat data sync collections are created in WorldShare Collection Manager, at a custom Web address for your institution.

This course will help learners gain a better understanding of the data sync process and acceptable data types and will provide foundational knowledge to help them make appropriate decisions regarding their holdings maintenance goals.   

Audience Description

This course is intended for library staff who work in cataloging and/or systems to manage the library’s online catalog and perform holdings maintenance activities; Other staff who want to learn more about data sync collections within WorldShare Collection Manager, the benefits of the data sync process and possible outcomes will benefit as well.

Related classes

Suggested next class:  WorldCat data sync collection mechanics

Closed captioning

Closed captioning is available in the US upon request with 5 business days' notice.

Cancellation policy

In the event of low attendance, OCLC may cancel a training session. In this situation, registrants will be notified by email in advance of the session.

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05 December 2017


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]



Course Length

1 Hour

Course Format

Live Online