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The WorldCat Registry is a Web-based directory for libraries and library consortia. It is an authoritative single source for information that defines institutional identity, services, relationships, contacts and other key data often shared with third parties. With it, you can:
Institutions that purchase technology and content services from many different providers soon discover they're maintaining multiple organizational identities. Each time a piece of data changes—such as a phone number, contact name or Internet IP address—staff must take the time to notify each vendor separately, and often by various means: Web interfaces, paper forms, faxes and phone calls.
WorldCat Registry lets you take a more efficient approach to institutional identity. On a secure Web platform, you create and maintain a single profile that includes information such as:
You then share your Registry profile with technology vendors, electronic content or service providers, fellow consortial institutions, funding agencies—any organization that could benefit. You send them a special Web link that gives them instant, read-only access to your most current institutional data. See where your data goes »
This access can add even more efficiencies, allowing you to automate routine tasks such as activation of a new subscription service or renewal of an existing one. You'll greatly reduces the administrative burden associated with such services and the chance that they will "go dark" when internal system parameters such as IP addresses change.
When you maintain a Registry profile, your institution's online services also get greater visibility in places they normally wouldn't. Through a variety of open-source Web services, your Registry data is syndicated across many popular Web sites and mobile applications where information seekers start to search, such as WorldCat.org. With links such as your online catalog's base URL or your OpenURL resolver distributed in this manner, more people from a broad-based Web audience discover and use your content.Create an account now »