OCLC's CatExpress is an easy-to-use, copy cataloging interface
to OCLC's WorldCat database,
that contains millions of records. You do not
need to know MARC to use this cataloging product.
With CatExpress you can:
use your existing Internet connection and browsers.
search for items and their MARC records.
attach and delete your holdings.
do a limited amount of record editing.
retrieve your MARC records the next day and import them into your local system.
get monthly and year-to-date statistics showing the number of records cataloged
and deleted. To see your statistics, log into CatExpress, choose
Records" from the options
tab. Then choose "OCLC CatExpress Transaction
Reports" from the list of reports and statistics. OCLC makes reports and
records available to you for 90 days so you should see the previous 3 months of
reports available to view. The SETHOLDS
column is the one that shows
you how many records you
have actually cataloged.
There is both a column for
the current month as well as
With CatExpress no formal training is needed. There is:
To order CatExpress through reQuest, your library must have at least the Basic reQuest membership, which costs
$325 per year.
Plus OCLC requires that a public
library must have a town
population less than 20,000 and
an academic/school library must
have less than 2500 FTE to use
With reQuest/iCONN;s CatExpress
group, you estimate the number
of titles you think you'll
catalog in a year upfront and
will be billed for that
subscription amount. There is no
minimum number of records
required through this group. The
current charge is 1.07 (FY 2014/15) per record. You will want to estimate a little low
since you will not be refunded for any unused amounts at the end of the year.
If you go over the estimated amount you will be billed for that
overage amount on the annual reQuest invoice.
You may also order directly
through OCLC. OCLC has set
record levels with pricing based
on these levels. Depending
on the amount you plan to
catalog, you may choose to go
through iCONN or OCLC for the
For more information contact
Gail Hurley, Statewide Library Catalog
State Library Div. of
Telephone: (860) 704-2222 or toll free (888) 256-1222
More information about CatExpress.