Your OCLC Community Center profile allows you to provide as much or as little information about yourself as you would like to your peers and OCLC staff using the Community Center. You can upload a profile picture, add details about your expertise, and decide to make that information public or keep it private.
Edit your profile
The first time you log in to the Community Center, you will be prompted to complete your profile. If you choose not to add information to your profile when you first log in, you can always edit it at a later date.
- Click your username or user ID to open the edit profile screen.
- From your profile page, click Change profile.
- Make any changes to your community profile. The fields that are editable will be determined by your selection to either link or delink your community profile from your WorldShare account. For more information on this, see below.
- Editable profile fields
field linked profile unlinked profile notes Account Linking
Automatically populate your profile with information from your WorldShare account Do not automatically populate your profile with information from your WorldShare account You must make a selection; however, you can change your selection at any time by clicking Change Profile on your profile page.
Not editable and automatically populated with the email address entered in your WorldShare account. (Any changes to this field must be made in WorldShare). Enter any email address you wish to use for Community Center subscriptions. Email notifications for any Community Center subscriptions will be sent to this email address. Display Name
Enter any display name you wish to appear in your profile and alongside any posts you make in the Community Center user forums. Enter any display name you wish to appear in your profile and alongside any posts you make in the Community Center user forums. Your display name must be unique. You will receive an error if you enter a display name already in use by another community member.
This is not necessarily the same as the username you use to sign in to the Community Center.Note:
First Name Automatically populated with your first name as entered in WorldShare. Any changes to this field must be made in WorldShare as long as your accounts are linked. Enter your first name. You may make changes to this field at any time as long as your accounts are not linked. Last Name Automatically populated with your last name as entered in WorldShare. Any changes to this field must be made in WorldShare as long as your accounts are linked. Enter your last name. You may make changes to this field at any time as long as your accounts are not linked. Title Enter your title. Enter your title. Phone Enter your phone number. Enter your phone number. About me Enter any details you'd like to share about yourself. Enter any details you'd like to share about yourself. Display of personal information
For both linked and unlinked accounts, you must make a selection about how much profile information to show. Only the fields with information entered will display if you select to Show all of my contact and institution information and allow my profile to be available in search results (e.g., if you have not entered a phone number, no phone number will display.)
- Select your profile privacy setting under Display of personal information.
- Show only my display name and avatar (Default) - Your profile will be private.
- Show all of my contact and institution information - Your profile will be public.
- Click Save to save all of your changes.
Link your OCLC Community Center profile with your WorldShare account
OCLC allows Community Center users to choose whether to link their WorldShare account with their Community Center profile or not. Both new and existing users will be prompted to make a selection of either linking or not linking your accounts once.
Before allowing users to make this choice, the OCLC Community Center populated your Community Center profile with your first name, last name, and email from WorldShare. If you'd like to continue using this information from WorldShare, select Yes, link my profile with WorldShare. This allows you to maintain your information for both WorldShare and the Community Center in one place. The first name, last name, and email fields will not be editable in your Community Center profile if you select this option. Any updates made to your WorldShare account will be reflected in your profile the next time you log in to the Community Center.
If you'd like your OCLC Community Center profile to contain a different first name, last name, or email address than your WorldShare account, you can select No, do not link my profile; I'll maintain my profile manually and edit these fields. If you need to make updates to your WorldShare or Community Center accounts, those changes will need to be made in either the WorldShare interface or the Community Center.
You can change your selection to either link or delink your WorldShare account and Community Center profile at any time by toggling the option on your edit profile page. You can also make your profile either private or public at any time; the default selection is private.
Profile linking overview
|Selection||What this means||How to update information|
|Yes, link my profile with WorldShare||Your Community Center profile will automatically populate your first name, last name, and email address with information from your WorldShare account.||To change your first name, last name, or email address in your Community Center profile, update these details in your WorldShare account. These changes will take effect after you log out and log back in to the Community Center.|
|No, do not link my profile; I'll maintain my profile manually||Your Community Center profile will not automatically populate your first name, last name, or email address with information from your WorldShare account.||To update your Community Center profile, you will need to log in to the OCLC Community Center and edit your profile to make changes.|