Millions of hours in staff time saved

The thousands of OCLC member libraries—from major research libraries to small publics, from general academic libraries to special libraries focused on specific topics—contribute the majority of new WorldCat records. When one library contributes a record, every other WorldCat library can copy catalog that record into their own catalogs. Between January 2016–December 2016, OCLC member librarians copy cataloged 93% of their items from WorldCat, saving an average of 10 minutes per title. Librarians copy cataloged 17,922,895 titles during that year, saving around 3 million hours of time, collectively.

Staff members from these libraries work together to develop the best record possible for the good of every member library. Every year, they enhance millions of WorldCat records directly through online cataloging. Or, national libraries and regional library networks conduct cataloging activities within region and OCLC's Syndeo services facilitate synchronisation into WorldCat.

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