This article explains how Digital Theatre+ content is listed in the OCLC WorldCat database and can be integrated into your institution's collections
What is OCLC WorldCat (and why is it important?)
OCLC WorldCat is the world's largest bibliographic database, providing access to the collections of thousands of libraries around the globe. Created and maintained by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a nonprofit cooperative organization, WorldCat serves as a shared catalog that libraries can use to locate items, set interlibrary loans, and more.
Many academic and public libraries use WorldCat as their primary catalog. Now that DT+ content is listed there, libraries can more easily integrate these resources into their collections, ensuring that they can provide their patrons with a richer selection of Digital Theatre+ materials.
Ultimately this means that our customers can find our collections of content available to them via their Collection Manager application. This is the application/system that (some) libraries use to add and manage collections of content from vendors such as Digital Theatre+
What Content is in our Collections?
OCLC have split our split the Digital Theatre+ content into 3 collections, one each for Written Resource, Video Resources, and Audio Resources for 14 regions. As such, a customer in Australia can find and import our collections listed as:-
- Digital Theatre+ Written Resources – Australia
- Digital Theatre+ Video Resources – Australia
- Digital Theatre+ Audio Resources – Australia
This provides customers choice as to which collections they import into their library system and is the recommended approach by OCLC.
KBART files have been created for each of the following regions:-
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
We recommend using the United States files if your region is not listed, or alternatively requesting from OCLC to create files for your specific country/region if required.
How are our KBART files maintained?
Digital Theatre+ updates its MARC records at the start of each month, which are then retrieved by OCLC that same day and converted into KBART for their WorldCat system, with any necessary updates.
Digital Theatre+ is responsible for providing the correct and accurate MARC records whilst OCLC are responsible for converting and updating our collections on their WorldCat system.
Customers can expect updates on the first of each month, in-line with our monthly MARC records updates.
Where to find our KBART Collections?
Customers can now find Digital Theatre+ collections via OCLCs Collection Manager, which is a service provided by OCLC that allows libraries to maintain and share their collections more effectively and efficiently.
Customers do not have to choose to use OCLCs Collection Manager and can continue to use MARC records if they prefer to or if they use a different library system to OCLCs WorldCat, however OCLC customers may prefer to switch to importing and maintaining our collections via OCLC Collection Manager.