Springer Science+Business Media has partnered with OCLC to provide MARC 21 Records for the Springer eBook Collection. MARC 21 Records, a standardized form of electronic cataloging records, is a requirement for correctly locating and navigating to online content from any library’s Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). With the OCLC partnership, Springer is attempting to provide flexibility and multiple options for eBook users, enabling MARC Records for Springer eBooks to current OCLC subscribers who can obtain records as per their usual download workflows. Additionally, Springer has developed its own MARC Records, using Springer metadata, to answer the needs of non-OCLC subscribers, available both as batch-loadable files for the complete eBook Collection, as well as individually, for each of 13 individual Subject Collections.
Furthermore, OCLC is conducting a pilot project to explore the viability and efficiency of capturing metadata from publishers and vendors upstream and enhancing that metadata in WorldCat, an approach that could provide added value to libraries and publishers by enhancing and delivering data that can work in multiple contexts and systems. The pilot will begin in January 2008 and involves libraries and the publisher supply chain. Public and academic libraries will be represented in the pilot along with a variety of publishers and vendors. OCLC will announce participants as the project gets under way.