DUBLIN, Ohio, September 14, 2006—Amazon.com is now an OCLC PromptCat participant, making it possible for libraries to receive OCLC MARC records along with the materials they get from the online vendor including books, music, DVDs and more.
The OCLC PromptCat service offers an effective, affordable way to automate a library's cataloging needs. With PromptCat, new items ordered through participating vendors such as Amazon.com arrive with complete OCLC MARC records, and the library's holdings are automatically set in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of library materials.
Each of these services can be tailored to meet the needs of each library, and each library is able to manage its processing profile online.
"Through this cataloging agreement with Amazon.com, OCLC will deliver WorldCat metadata records to libraries at the point of need—online, during the acquisitions process," said Phyllis Spies, Vice President, OCLC Collection Management Services. "Now, libraries that buy books and other materials from Amazon.com will automatically receive the corresponding catalog record delivered from OCLC, have their holdings set in WorldCat, and receive labels from Amazon.com. This is an added benefit for libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription; the service will be provided at no additional charge."
"Libraries already use Amazon.com when they need fast and reliable delivery of products at competitive prices, but our library customers have told us they would like Library Processing in order to better serve their patrons," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books at Amazon.com. "Amazon.com is proud to offer libraries this seamless, end-to-end processing service which will make it even easier for libraries to shop with us."
For a complete list of OCLC PromptCat participants, visit http://www.oclc.org/promptcat/about/vendors/.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent and preservation services to 55,000 libraries in 110 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.