January 30, 2014 Library of Congress Announces Enhanced Access to Cataloging Services and Applications

Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639; Bob Murphy OCLC (614) 761-5136
Public Contact: Peter Seligman (202) 707-1314; Libbie Crawford at OCLC (614) 764-6346

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.

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership-based, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. For more information, visit WorldCat at www.worldcat.org External and OCLC at www.oclc.org External.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov


PR 14-014
ISSN 0731-3527