OCLC Releases WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway…07.26.09

26 07 2009

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OCLC reports:

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.’…

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

More information on the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway can be found on the Web atwww.oclc.org/gateway…”

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