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OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription

Maximize cataloging efficiency and collection visibility

Save time with streamlined cataloging.

OCLC's cataloging and metadata services give you the tools you need to effectively manage physical and electronic resources. Automated metadata services and industry partnerships eliminate redundant steps, which gives your staff time to work on other priorities.


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Experience the power of cooperative cataloging

Benefit from the ongoing work and expertise of OCLC and member libraries worldwide that continue to collectively create, enhance and share quality records found in WorldCat®. Unlimited access to WorldCat allows you to quickly find the records you need so you can copy catalog from one source instead of doing original cataloging. Plus, when improvements that you care about are made to a WorldCat record, OCLC will automatically send you MARC record updates to improve the discoverability of your collections.

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Improve cataloging efficiencies while reducing costs

Access a comprehensive suite of metadata management tools and services (including free training and support) to efficiently manage all of your print and electronic resources. Quickly optimize your cataloging workflows while reducing operational costs with expert tools and services that fully support both RDA and AACR2 standards.


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Increase visibility to your resources in more ways

Quickly make your electronic content easier to find, use and manage by registering your e-collections in the WorldCat knowledge base and provide fast, reliable access for your patrons. Plus, you can simplify workflows with automated WorldCat holdings maintenance and delivery of MARC records for titles available and purchased through your library's demand-driven acquisitions program.

Member stories

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Ensure seamless user experiences during renovations

Learn how the University of New Brunswick quickly updated hundreds of thousands of cataloging records.

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Speed up inventory with technology that fits in your hand

Find out how staff at Eastern Kentucky University accelerated their library’s inventory projects.

"With WorldShare Metadata, we get more efficient workflows for our materials and more accurate access to e-books in our catalog and through outside discovery services."

Holly Tomren
Former Head of Metadata Services, Drexel University Libraries

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An OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription delivers the tools you need to expand your library’s impact by registering your collections in WorldCat. Increase efficiency through automated processes, and contribute new, quality WorldCat records for your unique material.

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Watch David Whitehair, OCLC Senior Product Manager, and Anne Elguindi, VIVA Associate Director, discuss OCLC’s “Next generation Metadata Management.”


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