Policies for Adding Original Records to WorldCat

Explains OCLC standards for original bibliographic records in WorldCat®.

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Course Overview

This instructor-led online course explains OCLC policies and standards for original bibliographic records in WorldCat®, regardless of OCLC cataloging interface (Connexion® or WorldShare® Record Manager) used. It includes guidelines on when to use an existing record or contribute a new record, requirements for records contributed using common encoding levels, and fields unique to OCLC. This course does not cover the mechanics of adding original records to WorldCat, nor does it cover RDA, AACR2, or other cataloging rules, MARC, subject headings, or authority control.

Audience Description 

This course is intended for staff at member libraries who are familiar with current cataloging rules (such as RDA or AACR2) and MARC. This course will be of particular benefit to catalogers who have experience with creating original bibliographic records but have not yet contributed records to WorldCat, and to technical services managers who oversee original cataloging operations.


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.


04 October 2017


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



Course Length

2.0 Hours

Course Format

Live Online