Admins: For OCLC subscribers, ebrary holdings are available in WorldCat KnowledgeBase

ebrary and OCLC now offer automated feeds of your ebrary purchased titles and your DDA or PDA collections to your WorldCat knowledge base. 

To take advantage of this WorldCat knowledge base integration, email with a request.  Please include your OCLC symbol.

In the WorldShare interface, select the “Demand Driven Acquistions collections” – even if you only have purchased titles.  You can use this service for your purchased titles even if you do not use DDA/PDA.

OCLC Administrative interface screenshot


The behind-the-scenes process then works as follows:

  1. Once ebrary has added your OCLC symbol to your ebrary site configuration, your ebrary holdings and MARC record data will be routinely shared with OCLC.   The data feed from ebrary to OCLC currently runs every other Tuesday.
  2. OCLC processes the holdings data, loads it into the WorldCat knowledge base, and turns on the auto-update option.  This is done by the following Monday, at the latest.
  3. WorldCat synchronizes automatically with the data in your WorldCat knowledge base.

If you are not currently subscribing to WorldCat and would like more information, please contact: Sara Finch,

For information on EBL’s integration with OCLC, see  here.


Admins: Titles purchased from ebrary will be available even if something happens to ebrary

What would happen to titles you’ve purchased from ebrary if ebrary were to stop offering hosting services? Here is an excerpt from ebrary’s “Customer Investment Protection Addendum”:

“If Customer loses the ability to access its Purchased Content online through ProQuest (e.g., if ProQuest discontinues online access services), or if the Purchased Content is otherwise eligible for local loading, Customer may obtain digital copies upon certifying that it will secure and restrict use of the Purchased Content as contemplated under this Agreement, using systems and technology at least as protective as ProQuest’s.”



How ebrary determines the “document language” setting for a book

In most cases ebrary gets the “document language” setting for each book from the Publisher metadata.  The Publisher assigns one or more language codes in accordance with the language(s) of significant portions of the text.

If there is no language code provided by the Publisher, then ebrary gets the language code(s) from Bowker.  If there are no language codes assigned by the Publisher or Bowker, then ebrary metadata staff assign the code(s) based on the language(s) of the title.

Admins: Title Report vs Site Activity Report, how “unique documents” are counted

The count for “Unique Documents” is different if you look at each month separately, or if you look at multiple months all together as one set.

When the Title Report is run over multiple months, it puts all the data together as one set and the number of titles on the report is the count of unique documents for the whole data set.

In contrast, when the Site Activity Report is run over multiple months, it reports on each month separately.

So you cannot compare the Unique Documents in the Title Report to those in the Site Activity Report for multi-month time periods because the Unique Documents count is different if you look at all the months in one pool versus each month separately.

For example, let’s say book X gets used several times in July and several times in August.  If you look at July and August separately, book X will count as 1 unique document in July and 1 in August.  But if you look at the whole time period July through August as one set, book X will count as just 1 unique document in that time period.

Admin: To preview particular ebrary collections or titles

You can search an ebrary title preview site to see what’s available from ebrary – not just what’s already on your ebrary site.  On a preview site, you can only view a page or two of content, and you cannot copy, print, or download.

Our most complete preview site is ‘alltitles':

To preview the titles in a particular ebrary collection:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Advanced” to do an advanced search
  3. Search on “Collection”, then use the drop-down menu to choose the particular collection
  4. Click the “Search” button below the search criteria

Note, ebrary’s collection of Online Sheet Music is called “Byron Hoyt”