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OCLC Creates Metadata API to Improve WorldCat Cataloging Services

OCLC recently launched the WorldCat Metadata API (application programming interface) in response to member libraries’ requests. The API helps OCLC members and partners build applications that allow them to catalog their collections on the OCLC WorldShare Platform, which supports OCLC’s cloud-based services and applications worldwide.

Libraries can use the API to improve existing WorldCat bibliographic records, create new records, and manage their holdings and local bibliographic data. WorldCat also offers OCLC’s existing applications such as Connexion to catalog holdings.

“Release of the WorldCat Metadata API will help library staff and partners create applications that can integrate with the services they choose, to help streamline their workflows and get the most from their services and service partners,” says Kathryn Harnish, OCLC network experience director. The API helps libraries create their own solutions to improve access to their collections.

The OCLC WorldShare Platform recently released other APIs for streamlined library workflows. The new API complements the WorldCat Search API by providing read and write access to bibliographic data. The next phase of the Metadata API will allow libraries to maintain their local holdings records.

Source: OCLC

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