The Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) manages the VTLIBRecordShare buying group allowing Vermont public libraries to download 250 MARC records per year for free from OCLC. These are typically high quality and complete MARC Records from a worldwide database, for those hard to find or hard to catalog items. Libraries that exceed the limit will be asked to pay $2.00 per record over 250 as a cost share. This fee is still below cost.
Enrollment is open every July, to sign up for the program please use this form.
VOKAL Consortium Libraries
If you are a member of the VOKAL Consortium, you should instead contact Katie Woodard at the Pierson Library in Shelburne, about participating in the program.
How to use CatExpress
Nancy Fontaine at the Norwich Public Library created an excellent tutorial for Koha libraries that use CatExpress. This tutorial works for all libraries up to the point that you enter your ILS: https://bit.ly/2IWVoZW . All libraries are encouraged to use this tutorial.
LibraryWorld users will find these concise instructions from Mitinet very useful for loading CatExpress records into your system: https://bit.ly/31lNQZE.
OCLC has some excellent resources online for step by step instructions and an overview of CatExpress:
If you are not sure of your login information, you can contact OCLC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update for April 2024:
OCLC will be phasing out their previous interface, OCLC Connexion or CatExpress, with WorldShare Metadata Services on April 30th, 2024. Users of the Windows-based Connexion client can continue to use the locally installed Connexion client for their cataloging workflows.
Please request your credentials from OCLC before the end of January via this form: https://www.oclc.org/go/en/catexpress-migration-ws-record-manager/contact-us.html
You will need your OCLC institution code, which can be located here: https://www.oclc.org/en/contacts/libraries.html
A tutorial for downloading a record from WorldShare Metadata Services can be found here: OCLC WorldShare Metadata Services Tutorial.pdf
Downloading a MARC Record from CLOVER
Use this video tutorial to learn how to use the CLOVER site to download a MARC Record.
Reach out to April.Shaw@Vermont.gov to get your library's Clover login.