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About the Registry
Sharing Your Institutional Profile
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The WorldCat Registry is a Web-based directory of libraries and library consortia. This authoritative service allows any institution to do three things:
The Registry streamlines the routine maintenance of many kinds of information about your physical operations, computer systems and people that a variety of organizations need.vendors, publishers, partners, funding agencies, fellow institutions, and the OCLC cooperative.
The Registry provides a secure Web platform where all parties can quickly access the most up-to-date information. You avoid having to maintain duplicate information, and can automate routine tasks such as activating a new subscription service, renewal or IP update.
When your institution participates in the WorldCat Registry, you also realize another key benefit: your services get greater visibility online via WorldCat.org and in Web-enabled applications like mobile phones. This means that more people will discover, link to and use your content. Learn more about where your data goes
Vendors, service partners and developers can also use Registry data.See some examples »
The WorldCat Registry features data about an institution.s physical facilities, operations, services, and people, including:
That is largely up to the community that utilizes the WorldCat Registry. OCLC has pre-populated the Registry with entries for libraries, archives, museums and other forms of institutions. All libraries are encouraged to maintain a presence in the Registry.no matter how small.
Yes, if you are an OCLC member library whose holdings are visible on WorldCat.org, certain data relative to physical location and electronic services will display in WorldCat.org results.
All libraries.regardless of OCLC Member status--are visible on WorldCat Registry and WorldCat.org through the Search for a Library feature on WorldCat.org
No! The Registry is open to all libraries and consortia.
Participation in the WorldCat Registry is free for any library or consortium. There is no charge to have your institution represented or to share your information with vendors or other entities.
The easiest way to limit the visibility of your institution in the WorldCat Registry is to set the Privacy Preference of your institution to "Private" on the Name and Location screen. Learn more
Once your Privacy Preference is set to "Private," only your institution's name and street address will be publicly searchable or viewable in the Registry. You can still choose to share your information internally with staff or externally with vendors and other third parties, even if it is marked private.
Should you at any time want all mention of your institution removed from WorldCat Registry, you may opt out. To opt out, send a message to email@example.com, and include your name, your institution's name and the WorldCat Institution ID assigned to your Registry profile. An OCLC representative will contact you to confirm your request.
Learn more on how to obtain authorization to manage your institution.s data.
Existing user accounts you may have with the following OCLC services are accepted by OCLC Service Configuration:
Note that WorldCat Registry was originally prepopulated with information for many institutions, and you may not have authorization for your institution. You cannot edit data until your user account has been authorized for your institution.(Learn more about authorizing your account.)
WorldCat Registry has multiple levels of access; an authorized account has the highest level of access. The chart below illustrates permitted activities within these levels and explains how to authorize your account:
|Level of access||What you can do|
|Authenticated||An authenticated user is one who has created a new user account or signed in with one of several accepted OCLC service accounts. Authentication proves to OCLC that you are who you say you are, but it does not recognize you as being affiliated with (or authorized to act on the behalf of) any specific institution. An authenticated user can contribute data fields are blank but is not authorized to change existing data or otherwise manage or share institutional information.|
|Authorized||An authorized user is one whose user account is authenticated and has been given full authority to manage, edit and share institutional information in the Registry. To achieve authorization, sign in to OCLC Service Configuration and
Yes, as long as you are listed as an authorized user for each institution.
Yes. OCLC has automatically created Registry information for its members with existing data. OCLC has also included many non-OCLC institutions using data freely available from other sources. Before you add your institution, please search the Registry to see if your institution is already represented.
Only people with access to OCLC Service Configuration that are authorized to edit your institutional information can view everything. Unauthorized users can only view select information, which does not include sensitive data such as IP addresses or staff credentials. You can always choose not to provide a certain piece of information.
Only people with access to OCLC Service Configuration that you have authorized to edit your institution's information will be able to change or add your institution.s information. You can see authorized users for your institution in the OCLC Service Configuration.
Yes, an institution can permit multiple users to modify its profile. (Authorized users for an institution are maintained via the "Authorize Users" link on the Profile Summary page.)
Once you have updated your information, the WorldCat Registry interface provides a special Web hyperlink you can send to vendors, consortia, funding bodies, internal staff.any person or organization you believe could benefit from having access to your information. The link is "obfuscated": it displays random characters hiding encoded information that is read-only.
Note that WorldCat Registry also provides additional Web services that syndicate Registry data to third parties. Learn more on the OCLC Developer Network site
People with whom you have shared your information via the special obfuscated link (see previous question ) will soon be able to monitor your information as an RSS feed. OCLC will announce the availability of RSS-capable shared profiles, when available. The WorldCat Registry APImay also be used to monitor Registry profiles.
Individual libraries may choose when or if to provide a link to their Registry information to the organizations from which they purchase services. In addition, OCLC also offers data services that provide machine-to-machine access to some Registry data. Learn more on the OCLC Developer Network site
Deep links allow Web users who have reached the WorldCat.org item to link directly to the same record in your library's online catalog.
WorldCat Registry data is syndicated across the Web sites that millions of information seekers use every day, through partnerships with major search engines such as Google and Yahoo!, and through OCLC Web services.
When you maintain catalog deep links in the Registry, more people will link to, discover and use your content. If your Registry information doesn.t include deep-linking information, Web users following syndicated WorldCat data cannot reach an individual item record in your catalog; they're taken instead to your catalog's main search page, where they must repeat their search.
If you are logged in to the OCLC Service Configuration and have been authorized to manage your institution's information, find the "Online Catalog" section. You can either manually set up the links, or let the Registry automatically suggest the deep links.
Yes. Setting up links can be complex due to the large number of catalog vendors and product lines, so the WorldCat Registry features automatic suggestions for the URL syntaxes used in deep linking based on a sample link you provide.
Be sure to test suggested links before saving them to your Registry profile. A successful test should display your ILS interface and, within it, your local record for the test item. (If you do not hold the item, whatever message or interface facility your ILS employs for "record not found" should be displayed.)
The WorldCat Registry can automatically suggest deep catalog links for many vendors and online catalog products. A list of currently supported syntaxes by vendor and link types is available on WorldCats xISBN Bookmarklet and Library Lookup service page.
A global policy is a generic Resource Sharing policy viewable by all users of the WorldCat Registry. The global policy allows an institution to state whether than loan or copy within their county or outside of their home country, and to indicate whether a fee is charge for use of their materials.
WorldCat Registry users who are authorized to edit an institution.s information in OCLC Service Configuration can define the institution.s global policy.
No. You may select only one fee option.
No. Free text fields are not available with the global policies. If you are interested in more robust resource sharing policies, contact OCLC.
No. The OCLC ILL policies and the WorldCat Registry Global Policies are two disparate databases. You will still need to define your OCLC policies as needed for OCLC Resource Sharing.
Global Policies are pre-populated for OCLC ILL members.
Use the "Get E-mail Updates" link at the top of this or other Registry pages.
That is largely up to the community that utilizes the WorldCat Registry. OCLC has pre-populated the Registry with entries for libraries, archives, museums and other forms of institutions. Traditionally, of course, institutions consist of physical facilities with physical and/or electronic collections and/or services that cross multiple departments or branches, administered by one or more professionals. However, no restrictions prevent a smaller physical entity such as a church library, or a "virtual" entity such as a digital library, from representing itself in the Registry. Note, though, that a postal address is required.
Yes. You can place a link to your institution's full information on your library's intranet site. This will provide your staff a common location to find current technical and service information for your institution. You can also save your institution's information as an XML file, which can be locally managed and shared in whatever way you choose.
An XML-format file is easily imported into Microsoft Excel. Save your data onto your computer from a Web browser window, then open it in Excel. Excel automatically parses the XML data into spreadsheet columns.
Storing the file locally or on a network location as an Excel file may be preferred in some institutions' workflows. You may also wish to use the Excel file for quarterly review among staff to ensure institutional data is accurate.
Yes. IP address information is, for the moment, used only for the services that are maintained through OCLC Service Configuration.
The WorldCat Registry was pre-populated with institutional data from several different sources, both OCLC and non-OCLC. The intent of the WorldCat Registry is to grow a trusted resource of data collectively managed by librarians and others in the community of knowledge-based institutions. The power of this approach is that it lets the community identify Registry data that needs to be fixed, help to fix it when possible and maintain data accuracy over time.
As the overall accuracy of the WorldCat Registry grows, so too will its value as a network resource. Thank you for your help!
Choose which information you wish to keep active, and contact OCLC at firstname.lastname@example.org about removing the unwanted duplicates. Include your name, your institution's name and the WorldCat Institution ID(s) assigned to the duplicate information. An OCLC representative will contact you to confirm your request.
OCLC intends to translate the Registry into other languages. Future interface translations will be announced as they are released.
Your OpenURL resolver(s) provide an important link between discovery interfaces and the delivery of full text, abstracts and other electronic content to which your institution is subscribed.
Registering the IP address or range of your resolver helps improve end users' linking experience from WorldCat.org and other WorldCat.org traffic partner sites, which get library services in front of more people on the open Web. It allows the vendors, consortial partners and other third parties with whom you share your WorldCat Registry profile to quickly reference this information. And an academic library can also point student and faculty users to its Registry profile to obtain resolver addresses when the users are not working on the campus network.Resolver addresses in your Registry profile are accessed automatically by web services associated with WorldCat.org and other Web sites who use the OpenURL Gateway for no additional charge.
How do you know if your resolver is already registered in the WorldCat Registry? From a workstation in your library, visit our OpenURL Gateway. If you see one or more links to resolvers (for example, "Get it @ SFX"), your resolver is already registered. If no links are displayed, your resolver is not registered. Then you.ll need to add this information to the Registry for your institution.