DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 23 May 2013— OCLC is working with 13 libraries on three continents to beta test OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager, which offers new record management functionality that enhances a library's ability to catalog its collections, including electronic, digital and physical materials.
OCLC began working with a group of academic, public and special libraries in the United States early this year to test Record Manager functionality. Libraries in the U.K., Australia and Spain recently joined the pilot. Cataloging librarians at the participating libraries are using Record Manager to create new WorldCat records, enrich existing records, maintain WorldCat holdings data and customize local bibliographic data. This brings with it flexibility and improvements to the way libraries describe and profile the unique resources that they hold.
"As a participant in the pilot program for WorldShare Metadata Record Manager, I previewed and tested cataloging functionality, a vital addition within the framework of WorldShare Management Services (WMS)," said Lynda K. Thaler, Cataloging, Acquisitions, & Metadata Services, Bertrand Library, Bucknell University. "Already accustomed to the look and feel of the acquisitions and circulation components of WMS, I found Record Manager to be a familiar setting for performing typical cataloging tasks. I greeted with particular enthusiasm the capability to directly view, create, and edit local bibliographic data to preserve what is unique in our collection."
In May, pilot participants began testing functionality to customize local holdings records.
"Catalogers will benefit from future functionality that uses and reuses linked data, constant data, terminologies and authority records to speed record creation, improve record quality and enhance user discoverability," said Claire Cocco, Director, OCLC Digital Collection Services. "By offering a complete metadata management solution, WorldShare Metadata will significantly improve efficiency for back office operations."
WorldShare Metadata is a core part of OCLC's strategy to provide integrated Webscale solutions to support the complete library management workflow, including selection, acquisition, metadata, license management, discovery, resource sharing and analytics. OCLC is developing Record Manager as a complement to WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager, used to automatically update the metadata and access details for collections of electronic resources. These new WorldShare Metadata applications will be enhanced in phases over the next few years and provide a complete metadata management solution for licensed, digital and physical resources across multiple formats.
Libraries participating in the pilots include:
- Auburn City Library, Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
- Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, England
- Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Central Connecticut State University, New Britian, Connecticut
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, London, England
- Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
- High Point University, High Point, North Carolina
- Instituto Empresa, Madrid, Spain
- Trinity Theological University, Newburgh, Indiana
- University of Essex, Colchester, England
- University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
- University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
- York St John University, York, England
WorldShare Metadata Record Manager will be available to libraries using WorldShare Management Services beginning in September 2013. In 2014, Record Manager will be available to all OCLC cataloging members using WMS, alternative cloud-based services or traditional integrated library systems.
More information about OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager is available on the OCLC website.
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