Tuesday, October 09, 2007

WorldCat update

[WorldCat.org] Search for books, music, videos, articles and more in libraries near you

WorldCat [OCLC - Home]

WorldCat in Action

Focus on Genealogy

Use this small Web presentation as a subject guide to educate your patrons about WorldCat as a base for researching family history. HTML code is included for creating a link from your home page, OPAC or a genealogical bibliography.

With your library's holdings and other metadata contributed to WorldCat, your resources are made visible to more people on the Web. Information seekers are able to find physical items and electronic content in your library using a core interface reached through one of two channels:
  • WorldCat.org
    Our destination site for public searching of the entire WorldCat database
  • Open WorldCat
    A program that lets major search engines and other partner Web sites integrate subsets of WorldCat data with their own services

Both services permit a searcher to identify and evaluate a particular resource, input their geographic location to learn which nearby libraries own it, and link directly to a local library's online catalog record for the item. Depending on your library's OPAC capabilities, a user may be able to view the item's availability and, after authenticating as a library member, perform any number of circulation activities, including remote checkout, placing a hold or direct viewing of electronic content.

Blackwell Book Services of Oxford UK, now a WorldCat Selection service partner

WorldCat Selection subscribers can now receive notification records for Blackwell Book Services materials within the WorldCat Selection interface. WorldCat Selection, based on ITSO CUL (Integrated Tool for Selection and Ordering at Cornell University Library) software, allows selectors of library materials to view new title data from multiple materials vendors in one central, comprehensive system. Libraries are able to get WorldCat records for newly selected materials into their integrated library systems early in the technical services process, as well as share selection decisions with others in their institutions.

For 128 years, Blackwell has supplied academic and research libraries with books and bibliographic support, and operates from offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia.


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