OCLC has partnered with Pubget to provide an automated process for loading data into the WorldCat knowledge base. This process uses Pubget's proprietary technology for collecting holdings records—the first to fully automate record collection. Through Pubget's automation, subscribers to the WorldCat knowledge base can receive holdings changes in real time and with up to 30% higher accuracy.
Through this process, library staff members provide login and password information for the e-resources to which their library subscribes. Pubget then retrieves up-to-date holdings information directly from content provider sites and provides this to the WorldCat knowledge base. Following the initial load, holdings updates occur automatically.
Libraries, publishers and end-users see several benefits from this technology. It saves time for library staff by eliminating repeated manual transfer of holdings information from local systems. For publishers, a permission-based connection with the library eliminates the chore of sending data out to multiple suppliers. Finally, many libraries have found that this process gives end users more comprehensive access to their licensed content than other update methods.
Pubget and OCLC will have representatives available at the OCLC booth N417 at the Frankfurt Book Fair to answer questions about the process for publishers and libraries. Eligible OCLC member libraries may request use of the WorldCat knowledge base through the form at https://www3.oclc.org/app/worldcat/wckb/.