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Enable WorldCat Sync from CONTENTdm Administration

Learn how to enable WorldCat Sync in CONTENTdm Administration and learn how to register with the Gateway if you are a first time user.

To enable WorldCat Sync in CONTENTdm Administration, you must have server permissions to add collections, delete collections, or administer user rights.

Access and view the server settings

  1. Open CONTENTdm Administration.
  2. Click the Server tab.
  3. Click Harvesting.

Configure WorldCat Sync settings for the Gateway collection

  1. Under WorldCat Sync, click Edit.
  2. Click Yes to enable WorldCat Sync. A list of collections displays.
  3. Enabling WorldCat Sync makes selected collection available for the Gateway to work with.  It does not begin the mapping and loading to WorldCat process.  You may choose to enable WorldCat Sync for all your collections, or for selected collections.  To enable WorldCat Sync for all your collections, click All.
  4. To enable selected collections for WorldCat Sync, select Yes from the drop-down menu for each collection that you want to enable.

Create collection descriptions for enabled collections

Create a collection description for collections for which you want a collection-level record created and loaded into WorldCat. The collection-level record can be loaded in addition to the metadata records for each item in your collection.

From the WorldCat Sync page:

  1. Click Add. The Collection description page displays.
  2. Create the collection-level metadata record.
  3. When done, click Save to save the record.

After you create and save the collection-level metadata record, you can make further edits to it by returning to the WorldCat Sync Settings page and clicking Edit.

Complete WorldCat Sync settings

On the WorldCat Sync Settings page:

  1. Click Save. This will return you to the Server Settings page.
  2. If you have not yet registered with the Gateway, you will be prompted to register

    If you have already registered, you will be returned to the Server Settings page and will see a Login link to the Gateway.

Register with the Gateway (first-time users only)

From the Server Harvesting page:


  1. Click Register in the yellow highlight box. 
    • Note that the registration page will automatically complete the Repository URL and CONTENTdm License Key fields.
  2. Enter your e-mail address.
  3. Create a user ID and password. The password must be at least three characters long.  You will use these to log in to the Gateway.

     Note: If you have an existing user ID and password with associated with the e-mail address you entered above, you should enter your user ID and password so the Gateway can be added to that user account. Only one user account is permitted for each e-mail address.

  4. Enter your organization’s OCLC symbol. This symbol is used to associate your organization with the records loaded to WorldCat. (For information about assigning an OCLC symbol per collection, see Step 4)

    You can look up your OCLC symbol at
  5. Enter a phone number.
  6. Create a name for your Repository.
  7. Click the Register button to complete your registration.

    If your browser blocks pop-up windows, it will return to the CONTENTdm Administration WorldCat Sync Settings page.

    If you browser does not block pop-up windows, a new browser window will open, displaying the Gateway.

 Note: Only one user account (user ID and password) is assigned per CONTENTdm Server.