Worldwide

  • English

z39.50 Cataloging at a glance

Z39.50 Cataloging enables you to use your local Z39.50-compliant interface for staff access. The OCLC Z39.50 Cataloging service helps streamline cataloging workflow, reduce staff training, and decrease costs.

Benefits

  • Increase local cataloging efficiency and better integrate workflow through the use of your local library system interface
  • Add efficiencies to the cataloging workflow; efficiently add holdings information to WorldCat (if the OCLC Extended Services Definition is implemented)
  • Improve staff training time—learn only one set of search indexes and procedures
  • Make cost-effective use of your Z39.50 client investment

Features

  • Search and retrieve OCLC-MARC records in WorldCat for cataloging
  • Search and retrieve LC Names and Subjects authority file records
  • Edit records in your local system
  • Set holdings information on WorldCat online via Z39.50, or through OCLC batch services
  • Customized local displays defined by your local Z39.50 client
  • Bibliographic records include non-Latin scripts

Requirements

  • You need Z39.50 client software that is:
    • Integrated or compatible with your local online system
    • Capable of implementing the OCLC Extended Services Definition of Version 3 (Z39.50-1995) for setting holdings or for requesting cataloging cards. (This capability is not required if you return holdings via batch services or EDX).

      Note: Consult with your local system vendor and/or system administrator for information on implementation of the OCLC Extended Services Definition and assistance with local client configuration.

  • Also required is the ability to extract OCLC-derived Z39.50 records from your local system (for libraries setting holdings via batch services or EDX only).

Related services

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration. Learn more »