OCLC cataloging application comparison 

Create new WorldCat® records one at a time for print and electronic items to make your library’s rare and distinctive items discoverable. Save time by enriching and sharing existing records, setting and deleting your library’s holdings, and exporting WorldCat records for local use. Choose the service that best meets the needs of your unique library.

      Record editing and creation

        CatExpress Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager Z39.50 Cataloging WorldCat Metadata API
      Edit records in MARC tag view (such as "245") Yes Limited to adding local fields. Yes Yes Yes No Yes
      Edit records in MARC text view (such as "Title") Yes Limited to adding local fields. No No Yes Limited to books, audiobooks, images, sound recordings, and videos. No No
      Edit bibliographic records in Dublin Core view No Yes No No No No
      Edit bibliographic records using non-Latin scripts No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Create new authority and bibliographic records for original cataloging No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Bibliographic records only.
      Create, edit and delete Local Holdings Records (LHRs) No Yes No Yes No No
      Move Local Holdings Records (LHRs) to a different bibliographic record No No No Yes No No
      Manage Local Bibliographic Data (LBD) No No No Yes No Yes
      Import MARC records No Yes MARC-8 character set. Yes MARC-8 or Unicode (UTF-8) character set. No No No
      Use Constant Data to store and apply frequently used text No Yes Yes Yes No No
      Check spelling No No Yes Yes Relies on user's browser spellcheck features. No No
      Work offline, not connected to OCLC No No Yes No No No

      Actions

        CatExpress Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager Z39.50 Cataloging WorldCat Metadata API
      Validate records Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
      Add holdings to bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Upgrade authority and WorldCat bibliographic records No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
      View total number of library holdings on bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
      Display list of libraries that hold bibliographic records No Yes Yes Yes No No
      Delete holdings on bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
      Delete own bibliographic record No No No Yes No No
      Control authorized headings in bibliographic records and link the headings to the Authority File record No Yes LC only. Yes LC only. Yes Access to additional authority files, including:

      Library of Congress, Canadiana,
      Library and Archives Canada,
      German National Library,
      Māori Subject Headings, 
      MeSH (Medical Subject Headings),
      NTA Names (Dutch Royal Library),
      The Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus,
      and RVM (Répertoire de vedettes-matière).
      No Yes Functions are performed automatically when record is added to the database.
      Autosuggest LC and Canadiana Names No No No Yes No No
      Autosuggest FAST subject headings No No No Yes No No
      Submit bibliographic records to other institutions for review prior to finalizing No Yes Yes No No No
      Submit Library of Congress authority records to other institutions for review prior to finalizing No Yes Yes Yes No No
      Process multiple actions at one time No No. You can mark records for export and label print, retrieve the marked records and process the group at once. Yes Yes Using bulk actions for local bibliographic data and local holdings records. No No
      Print labels Yes Label formats: SP1, SL4, SL6, SLB. Yes Label formats: SP1, SL4, SL6, SLB. Yes Label formats: SP1, SL4, SL6, SLB. Yes Label formats: Custom, A12360, L7651, SP1, SL4, SL6, SLB. No No
      Create label file Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

      Record output

        CatExpress Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager Z39.50 Cataloging WorldCat Metadata API
      Export records to a file Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
      Export records via a TCP/IP connection No Yes Yes Yes No No
      Export records via an OCLC Gateway Export session to display messages from your local system No No Yes Yes No No
      Export records via a printer/comm port No No Yes Yes No No
      Export records in MARC 21 format Yes Bibliographic records with MARC-8 character set in Latin script. Yes Authority and bibliographic records with MARC-8 character set in Latin script. Yes Authority and bibliographic records with MARC-8 or UTF-8 Unicode character set in Latin script or non-Latin scripts. Yes Authority and bibliographic records with MARC-8 or UTF-8 Unicode character set in Latin script or non-Latin scripts. No Yes Bib only.
      Export records in Dublin Core format No Yes Bibliographic records, Dublin Core Simple or Qualified in HTML and RDF. Yes Bibliographic records, Dublin Core Qualified in XML with the UTF-8 Unicode character set. Yes No Yes
      Export records in MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) format No No No Yes No No

      Databases and files

        CatExpress Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager Z39.50 Cataloging WorldCat Metadata API
      Access WorldCat® Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
      Access LC Name and Subject Authority Files, including distributed and superseded versions of records No Yes Yes Yes Access to additional authority files, including:

      Canadiana, Library and Archives Canada,
      German National Library,
      Māori Subject Headings,
      MeSH (Medical Subject Headings),
      NTA Names (Dutch Royal Library),
      The Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus, and
      RVM (Répertoire de vedettes-matière)
      Yes Yes
      Use online save file stored locally for temporary record storage No Yes Shared between Connexion and Record Manager. Yes Shared between Connexion and Record Manager. Yes Shared between Connexion and Record Manager. No No
      Use offline save file stored locally for temporary record storage No No Yes No No No

      System access

        CatExpress Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager Z39.50 Cataloging WorldCat Metadata API
      Catalog for other libraries using Agent functionality No Yes Yes Coming soon No Yes
      Store user-specific customization Yes Set preferences for each authorization number. Yes Set preferences for each authorization number. Yes Set preferences for each user of the workstation. Yes Set preferences for each user. No No

      Miscellaneous

        CatExpress Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager Z39.50 Cataloging WorldCat Metadata API
      Macros No No Yes No. However, some functions commonly performed using Connexion macros are replicated using native features. No No
      Dewey Cutter tools Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
      Interface language English
      French
      English English
      Chinese - Simplified
      Chinese - Traditional
      German
      Japanese
      Korean
      Spanish
      English
      French
      Chinese - Simplified
      Chinese - Traditional
      German
      Japanese
      Korean
      Spanish
      Dutch
      Language independent N/A