The State of the NDLTD Union Catalog


The State of the NDLTD Union Catalog



The State of the NDLTD Union Catalog


OCLC has taken over the task of consolidating metadata records about NDLTD theses and dissertations. We are currently harvesting records via OAI-PMH, and information about the status of that collection, how it can be accessed, and what steps need to undertaken to get additional institutions added will be presented. The relationship between this union catalog, the VTLS catalog, and XTCat, records extracted from OCLC's WorldCat, will be explained. This harvesting effort is associated with the Metadata Switch research project at OCLC that deals with the problems that multiple metadata formats create for union catalogs. A description of this project is given, including techniques we are developing which should make harvested records more manageable and easily retrievable.