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New OCLC Gateway Service Increases Web Visibility of Digital Collections
OCLC has released the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway (www.oclc.org/gateway), a new service that helps libraries and other institutions maximize the visibility of unique primary source materials, such as digital photos, newspapers, letters, and diaries, through WorldCat on the Web. Gateway is available to all users of OCLC CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software at no additional charge.
The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway offers libraries a self-service tool to easily upload metadata from their unique digital content to WorldCat, the world's largest online resource for finding items held in libraries. Once the metadata is in WorldCat, libraries' digital collections are more visible and discoverable by web searchers through WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local (including the "quick start" version), Google, Yahoo!, and other search engines.
Gateway has been piloted in 12 institutions. Since May, the pilot participants used the Gateway self-service tools to upload thousands of records from their CONTENTdm collections into WorldCat. Because they have used Gateway to set up profiles for their collections, the pilot users' metadata will be regularly uploaded to WorldCat as they add to their digital collections over time.
As libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations continue to upload CONTENTdm metadata, they are creating a collective digital repository to enrich the resources available to their end users. End users will be able to search WorldCat to find the resources they need from their libraries' digital collections of rare, historic, or local materials, along with materials provided by other libraries around the world. Users will be able to click on items and visit these unique collections virtually by viewing items immediately on their computer screens-anytime, from anywhere.
CONTENTdm is a single-software solution for storage, management, and delivery of a library's digital collections to the web, providing a Windows-based, digital-collection builder where data and digital items are prepared in large batches; a server where data and images are stored and can be edited; a web-based search interface and customizable display templates; integration with OCLC services for building collections with cataloging workflows, as well as the option of harvesting from the websites and adding long-term preservation; and services to assist with every phase of collection development from digitization to preservation.
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