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OCLC WorldShare® Metadata

A complete metadata management solution for physical, licensed and digital resources

A complete metadata management solution

Today’s libraries continually strive to achieve greater efficiencies in their workflows and better visibility for their collections, while affirming their value to users and the larger community. OCLC WorldShare Metadata® helps address these priorities by providing your library with a complete metadata management solution for physical, licensed and digital resources across multiple formats. This set of new applications and services will continue to expand in phases over the next few years. The new functionality supports OCLC's strategy to provide Webscale solutions to the full range of library management needs, including acquisitions, license management, resource sharing and discovery.

WorldCat MARC records and WorldCat holdings maintenance for your collection

In August 2012, OCLC introduced OCLC WorldShare® Metadata Collection Manager. This new service automatically delivers WorldCat® MARC records and maintains WorldCat holdings—one time and/or ongoing—for all or subsets of your collection, including licensed, digital and physical materials. The result: time savings and improved returns on collection investments. The service ensures that the bibliographic metadata for all titles and access URLs for e-content are continually updated in your discovery interface. This provides better user access to your collections. OCLC will continue to expand WorldShare® Metadata Collection Manager capabilities during 2014 and beyond.

A new API to add and maintain WorldCat records, holdings information and local bibliographic data

In June 2013, OCLC introduced the WorldCat Metadata API. Libraries use the Metadata API to conveniently add and enrich WorldCat records and maintain WorldCat holdings information and local bibliographic data from within the tools they already use. The Metadata API can be used to enhance existing systems to streamline workflows and improve system access to library collections in any creative way that can be imagined.  

New record management capabilities now available

In September 2013, OCLC introduced WorldShare® Metadata Record Manager. This initial release is available to all libraries using WorldShare® Management Services (WMS) and provides an efficient, record-at-a-time metadata management solution to describe one-of-a-kind physical, electronic and digital items. Plus, users can now manage local bibliographic data (LBD). OCLC will continue to enhance Record Manager over the next few years to further streamline metadata management and enhance discoverability of your library's materials.

WorldShare Metadata works with WMS, alternative cloud-based services, and traditional integrated library systems. For libraries using WorldShare Management Services, WorldShare Metadata can fully integrate these functions in the same staff interface, significantly improving efficiency for “back office” operations. 

“Using the [WorldCat] knowledge base and this new MARC record delivery service for some e-book collections is really a more efficient workflow overall. It provides more thorough and accurate access to e-books in our catalog and discovery tools.”

Holly Tomren, Head, Metadata Services
Drexel University Libraries

Past Cataloging and Metadata Management events

Featured video presentations


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Anne C. Elguindi, VIVA Associate Director, shares her experience with consortial record management for a DDA e-book plan.

Creating Cataloging Efficiencies: Managing E-books Metadata


25 minutes

Are you looking for more efficient ways to manage metadata for your e-book collections and improve user access to these collections? In this presentation, Audrey Bondar, Technical Services and Acquisitions Librarian, Henry Ford Health Center, and David Whitehair, OCLC Senior Product Manager, discuss how to manage your e-book metadata at the collection level.

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