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Cataloging and Metadata

Comprehensive services that work together to improve results


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


WORKFLOW—Streamline technical processing and create efficiencies for all


QUALITY—Use internationally accepted standards

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Cataloging solutions that work for libraries worldwide

Every country has its own library infrastructure, and its own way of managing and sharing resources.  Many of the organizations and groups charged with delivering these infrastructures, choose to collaborate with OCLC and let us help contribute to the total solution they provide libraries in their region. 

Not every region uses the same cataloging rules and standards.  And, every region has its own resource sharing policies and guidelines.  It is therefore essential that an individual approach to partnership and collaboration is formed that reflects the unique nature of every region’s infrastructure.

Here are some examples of collaboration that underpin the cataloguing infrastructure in other countries:

OCLC WorldShare Metadata

In addition to working with regional library groups worldwide, OCLC also has in development, its own full end-to-end solution for metadata management, known as OCLC WorldShare Metadata. OCLC WorldShare Metadata will provide a complete metadata management solution for physical, licensed and digital resources across multiple formats. This set of new applications and services will be made available in phases over the next three years. The changes are part of 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 will be available to all libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription and will work with other OCLC services as well as traditional library management systems. For libraries using WorldShare Management Services, WorldShare Metadata will fully integrate these functions in the same staff interface, significantly improving efficiency for “back office” operations.

Learn more about WorldShare Metadata »

Now available: collection management functionality that streamlines workflows for e-resources.

“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


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.

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The Challenge of "e"

Alison Felstead spoke at UKSG, 2013 conference about the changing remit of academic libraries.

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The Challenge of "e"

Alison Festead spoke at UKSG, 2013 conference about the changing remit of academic libraries.  

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OCLC WorldShare Metadata collection management introductory overview Webinar

David Whitehair: WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager - an introduction



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“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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JUN 27

27 June 2016 - 28 June 2016

"Embracing Differences: Diverse Customers, Varied Methods, Same Goals!"

  • Location: Portsmouth, UK
  • Venue: Royal Beach Hotel