Information for Libraries and Library Staff
The Washington State Library is partnering with Washington Libraries and OCLC to create Wayfinder: The Catalog of Washington Libraries. OCLC has created Wayfinder as a subset of the WorldCat database.
The Library Council of Washington has approved the use of LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds to pay for the catalog, subject to annual review.
Creating a statewide catalog involves setting up a Group Services project with OCLC. This means that a group of libraries go together to purchase their OCLC services. To participate in Washington Group Services, a library must agree to purchase three services from OCLC:
- InterLibrary Loan
- A WorldCat subscription
Pricing is based on previous usage, or for new customers, on an estimate of anticipated use. OCLC's cataloging and ILL pricing for existing customers is intended to be revenue-neutral, and will use preset indexed increases for future years, creating predictable pricing. WorldCat pricing under Washington Group Services will include economies of scale, resulting in significant savings for many libraries.
Implementation will be in phases. Libraries may join any phase, and participation is entirely voluntary. Phase 1 was targeted primarily toward libraries that already had the three required services.
To join, libraries need to sign and return both the Intent to Participate Form, and the Group Services Authorization form, which includes acceptance of the OCLC Group Services Terms and Conditions. This signature needs to be made on behalf of the library by someone with appropriate legal authority.
An Intent to Participate form is available for libraries that wish to be included in subsequent phases of the project. Please sign and return this form to indicate your library’s intent to partcipate.
Forms and Documents:
Note: These PDF Forms can be filled out online, but must be printed, signed, and faxed or mailed to the State Library (use contact information at the bottom of this page).
Advantages of Washington Group Services
Three advisory committees have been formed to assist with implementation and planning issues:
To see how other states and groups have implemented statewide group catalogs on the OCLC platform, visit OCLC's Guest views of group catalogs page.
For additional information on the Washington Statewide Catalog or Washington Group Services, contact Will Stuivenga or follow one of the links above. Send forms to
Will Stuivenga, Wayfinder Project Manager
Phone: 360.704.5217 or toll free: 866.538.4996
Washington State Library
P.O. Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460
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