OCLC has released the WorldCat Digital Collection 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.
The WorldCat Digital Collection 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 popular search engines.
"Libraries, museums and archives should do whatever they can to get their materials available online and expose their collections to users—wherever they are—on the Web,” said Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research. "The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway is an easy and effective way to do this."
The 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 the 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.
"The Gateway is an important tool for the Clark to broaden the visibility of its collections," said Penny Baker, Collections Management Librarian from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, one of the institutions that participated in the pilot. "From there we have created WorldCat lists and have also tied in online interactive communities such as Facebook and other Web 2.0 tools."
One of the WorldCat lists created by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute can be found here www.worldcat.org/profiles/tompinch/lists/772561.
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 library's 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 screen—anytime, from anywhere.
More information on the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway can be found on the Web at www.oclc.org/gateway.
About CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software
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 Web sites and adding long-term preservation; and services to assist with every phase of collection development from digitization to preservation. In addition, an entry-scale version of CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software hosted by OCLC, three Project Clients for collection building and 3,000 items and 10GB of storage is now included as part of an expanded FirstSearch Base Package at no additional charge to subscribers.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 71,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.