Associate Dean of University Libraries
University of Washington
Global Product Manager
The University of Washington Libraries has been using OCLC’s beta WorldCat Local (WCL) product as its default online public access system (OPAC) interface since April 2007. WCL provides a localized version of WorldCat.org with custom branding and relevancy ranking that puts local and consortial collections first and interoperates with UW’s pre-existing integrated library system (ILS) and fulfillment systems. Presenters will review WCL’s architecture, usability testing and user experiences from UW, and the substantial impacts that WCL has had on the university’s interlibrary loan and consortial delivery systems. Presenters will also discuss some early thinking on the implications for record maintenance in a network-level discovery environment.
Handout (MS Word)