How to make the most of OCLC partnerships
In many cases, your library will receive the benefits of OCLC partnerships without having to do anything at all. For example, if you subscribe to OCLC cataloging and discovery services, your resources will automatically be made visible in any new search engine or consumer site that utilizes the WorldCat Search API. There are things you can do, however, to leverage other partnerships that deliver greater value to your library.
If you’re currently an OCLC member
Get your electronic resources in front of your users more easily with the WorldCat knowledge base. If you already catalog with OCLC, you can add holdings information for your e-collections, making those materials easier to find, use and manage.
Surface your unique digital collections within our partners’ services with the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. It’s a free tool that lets you upload metadata about your collections into WorldCat, making it instantly discoverable in WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and our partner sites.
Ask your other library service providers about how to get WorldCat data working within your current applications. If they partner with us, you may be able to get more value from both services just by “letting them know about each other.” The OCLC Member Services Team can help you understand how to get the most out of your OCLC membership and related partner services.
Tell us which other partners you’d like us to work with.
Lisa Louise Cooke, of the podcast “Genealogy Gems,” chats with Jay Jordan, President Emeritus of OCLC, about the collaboration between OCLC and FamilySearch to bring better access to genealogical records and resources to everyone.
Partner Program Spotlight
A leading genealogical resource
A partnership with FamilySearch, one of the largest repositories of international vital records materials in the world, resulted in more than 1 million genealogical records being loaded into WorldCat. WorldCat is also updated as new information is entered through locally based Family History Centers around the world. FamilySearch has also incorporated direct links to records in WorldCat.org.