The Record Import Service will commence support for the upload of OCLC numbers from 1 April 2010.
After that date OCLC numbers can be supplied in bibliographic and holdings records sent to Libraries Australia. They will be used as supplementary match points in RIS if records are unable to match on NBD control numbers and local system numbers.
Please ensure that OCLC numbers output from your local system are formatted correctly in field 035. In this case the OCLC library symbol “OCoLC” in parentheses should precede the number e.g. 035 ##$a(OCoLC)814782
If your numbers are not in this format they will be treated like a local system number and used as such for matching purposes. A more detailed message has been sent to the RIS administrators within member library organisations.