CatDept 101: The OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners (WCP) service (formally known as PromptCat)
The OCLC PromptCat service merged with the OCLC Cataloging Partners program into one new, enhanced service that is now called WorldCat Cataloging Partners (WCP). Many books ordered from Yankee Book Peddler (YBP) are delivered to the Library “shelf ready” via the WCP service.
When a shipment of new YBP books is sent, a file of WCP bibliographic records for these materials is downloaded into Millennium. The bibliographic records also contain invoice information used by Library Business Services for payment.
For a book to be shelf-ready, it must have a MARC record, an LC call number, LC subject headings, a spine label, property stamp, and tattle tape. Shelf-ready books are quickly moved out the door to their shelving location.
If a book is missing any of the shelf ready features, it is routed to the Materials Management Unit for further cataloging or physical processing. We estimate that fifty percent of the books do NOT come shelf-ready and require additional work by Catalog Department staff.
Questions or problems with the WCP service should be directed to Lupe Ochoa, Head of the Monographic Receiving Unit (MRU) in the Catalog Department.