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

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

Actions

  Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager
Validate records Yes Yes Yes
Add holdings to bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
Upgrade authority and WorldCat bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
View total number of library holdings on bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
Display list of libraries that hold bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
Delete holdings on bibliographic records Yes Yes Yes
Delete own bibliographic record No No Yes
Control authorized headings in bibliographic records and link the headings to the Authority File record 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).
Autosuggest LC and Canadiana Names No No Yes
Autosuggest FAST subject headings No No Yes
Submit bibliographic records to other institutions for review prior to finalizing Yes Yes No
Submit Library of Congress authority records to other institutions for review prior to finalizing Yes Yes Yes
Process multiple actions at one time 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.
Print labels Yes Label formats: SP1, SL4, SL6, SLB. Yes Label formats: SP1, SL4, SL6, SLB. Yes Label formats: Custom, A12360, L7651, SP1, SL4, SL6, SLB.
Create label file Yes Yes Yes

Record output

  Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager
Export records to a file Yes Yes Yes
Export records via a TCP/IP connection Yes Yes Yes
Export records via an OCLC Gateway Export session to display messages from your local system No Yes Yes
Export records via a printer/comm port No Yes Yes
Export records in MARC 21 format 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.
Export records in Dublin Core format 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
Export records in MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) format No No Yes

Databases and files

  Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager
Access WorldCat® Yes  Yes  Yes 
Access LC Name and Subject Authority Files, including distributed and superseded versions of records 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)
Use online save file stored locally for temporary record storage Yes Shared between Connexion and Record Manager. Yes Shared between Connexion and Record Manager. Yes Shared between Connexion and Record Manager.
Use offline save file stored locally for temporary record storage No Yes No

System access

  Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager
Catalog for other libraries using Agent functionality Yes Yes Coming soon
Store user-specific customization Yes Set preferences for each authorization number. Yes Set preferences for each user of the workstation. Yes Set preferences for each user.

Miscellaneous

  Connexion browser Connexion client WorldShare Record Manager
Macros No Yes No. However, some functions commonly performed using Connexion macros are replicated using native features.
Dewey Cutter tools Yes Yes Yes
Interface language English English
Chinese - Simplified
Chinese - Traditional
German
Japanese
Korean
Spanish
English
French
Chinese - Simplified
Chinese - Traditional
German
Japanese
Korean
Spanish
Dutch