May 16, 2022

Cooperation: Library of Congress and OCLC Sign Agreement For Enhanced Access to Cataloging Services and Applications

From a Joint Announcement:

The Library of Congress and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) have signed a cooperative agreement that will allow mutual subscribers seamless access between the Library’s Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web subscription services and OCLC’s WebDewey and WorldShare Metadata Manager subscription services.

The Library of Congress’s Cataloging Distribution Service publishes its Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web services to provide subscribers with online access to the broad range of cataloging documentation from the Library and many other sources.  OCLC offers subscribers WebDewey, a service that provides subscribers online access to the web-based version of the Dewey Decimal Classification.  OCLC also offers subscribers WorldShare Metadata Manager, an interface through which subscribers can access the OCLC cataloging service.

“This major cooperative agreement is important to the cataloging community,” said Beacher Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress. “It allows subscribers to these popular cataloging services seamless access to each service from within each service.  It has the potential to significantly improve workflow and increase efficiency.”

Catalogers who subscribe to any of the services independently will now be able to toggle between them instantly and easily. Links within each service will allow for simple subscription enrollment for non-subscribers.

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