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Partners support WorldCat and help libraries.

The scale of WorldCat and the non-profit nature of the OCLC cooperative allow us to speak for member libraries to improve the flow of information that helps users find and access resources. OCLC partners with a wide variety of organizations to help get new library resources in front of users faster.

To ensure that libraries always have access to the resources they need, OCLC makes formal agreements with partners who can help. These agreements allow the partners to provide services to a member library using WorldCat data that the library provides. Each agreement varies based on the services offered by the partner organization.

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The records libraries need as quickly as possible

OCLC and partners make records for soon-to-be-published items available as quickly as possible so that libraries can share these resources with users. The Library of Congress and other national cataloging agencies provide publishers with cataloging-in-publication (CIP) records to print in the book prior to publication. These CIP records are also added to WorldCat in an effort to share minimal, pre-publication information about the resource.

The CIP upgrade program enhances these minimal WorldCat master records, which eliminates the need for each library to upgrade their records individually. Library material vendors who partner with OCLC, including GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, Ingram, Quality Books, Inc. and The Donohue Group, supply upgraded records that overlay existing CIP records in WorldCat as soon as the full bibliographic information is available. Also, Follett Titlewave works online to upgrade CIP records.

Download CIP upgrade specifications

Strength in numbers

OCLC also works with Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a group of 37 leading research libraries in the UK and Ireland, to correctly contribute these collections to WorldCat and then analyze the data to help RLUK make strategic decisions about shared print collection management and resource discovery. WorldCat brings a unique, system-wide perspective to RLUK’s collections, which allows the libraries to collaborate on a deeper level. RLUK and OCLC Research have documented results of this partnership in a final report, Strength in Numbers: The Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Collective Collection.

Read RLUK blog posts about the project

Stella Butler [photo]

“Deliver better research impact…”

“Using a unique, global library resource like WorldCat is a perfect fit for RLUK. We will have a much more precise understanding of our collective assets and where we can act to deliver better research impact and more effective management for their collections.”

Stella Butler
Former Chair, Research Libraries UK
University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, University of Leeds
Leeds, Yorkshire, England

Using the data

OCLC strives to make WorldCat records accessible and valuable to libraries and researchers. Although OCLC holds the copyright in WorldCat database as a compilation, the OCLC membership endorses the Open Data Commons Attribution (ODC-BY) license with respect to information contained in individual records. In fact, OCLC has implemented an ODC-BY license notice for its own projects. This license gives WorldCat users a firm foundation upon which to build new applications, perform analyses, create new tools and otherwise build new things using their library information.

Learn more about data licensing