a website for all New Zealand cataloguers

Using Webcat: includes Z39-50 to WorldCat

About Webcat -Two cataloguing services are available to New Zealand cataloguers - Te Puna Cataloguing Client for original cataloguing and Te Puna Webcat for copy cataloguing.

Te Puna Webcat is a web based cataloguing tool most often used for copy cataloguing. Cataloguers can:

  • add holdings and modify holdings for bibliographic records already on the NUC
  • search via gateways for bibliographic records and import them into the NUC
  • create abbreviated bibliographic records.

After a bibliographic record is found or created bibliographic records and a holding added to the NUC the Bibliographic record can be saved to the local catalogue.

A quick reference guide to using WebCat is available. 

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Cataloguing standards -It is recommended to follow highest level standards as recommended on this wki. A quick guide provides a best pracitice information.

Workflow -This workflow of National Library and OCLC cataloguing services illustrate the situation to search, create or reuse a bibliographic record and add a new holdings record using Webcat.


Source: Adapted from National Library of New Zealand Bibliographic Services Workflows, presented at OCLC Roadshow, July 2006

Screen capture importing a record from OCLC WorldCat via z39.50 when a record
is not found on TePuna.

This same process represented as a flow diagram.

How to guarantee correct holdings on WorldCat for your library -After libraries add or modify holdings in some way on the NUC they are sent onto OCLC so that WorldCat can be updated with the holdings of New Zealand libraries. Sometimes errors occur in the load process of New Zealand holdings records to WorldCat because there is

insufficent and incorrect information in the bibliographic record. This can causes a mismatch on the database and so holdings are added to the wrong record.

To remedy this create a full and accurate bibliographic record, without typographical errors, as possible. For quidance follow the Quick Guide for Abbreviated Records.