May 2009 Archives
Half of the top 20 switched out for new items last month, with newcomer Willow being the largest mover, coming out of nowhere to the #2 spot in April.
- The Detective Novels of Agatha Christie: A Reader's Guide shot up 12 spots to #4
- Educational Leadership dropped 13 places to #19
New to the List:
#6 Someone Walks By: The Wonders of Winter Wildlife
#8 The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic
#10 Wave of Terror
#12 How to Show Things with Words: A Study on Logic, Language and Literature
#13 Unburdened by Conscience: A Black People's Collective Account of America's Ante-Bellum South and the Aftermath
#17 Capitalizing on Change: A Social History of American Business
#18 College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family
#20 Federal Antitrust and EC Competition Law Analysis
Gone from the Top 20 (with March ranking):
- The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less (#2)
- Tempat-Tempat Bersejarah Di Semenanjung Malaysia (Historical Sites in Peninsular Malaysia) (#9)
- The Scarlet Letter (#10)
- The Joy of Gay Sex (#11)
- A Necessary Evil (#14)
- In Love with a Younger Man (#15)
- A Decent Ransom: A Story of a Kidnapping Gone Right (#17)
- The Da Vinci Code (#18)
- The World Factbook (#19)
- Early Childhood Education Journal (#20)
Here's the list in its entirety and a subject tag cloud suitable for framing:
Coming soon, you will be able to view a library profile page for each WorldCat library. From the list of libraries on the item details page and from your favorite libraries list in the user profile - you can access this new page with even more valuable information about a library including location and contact info, and links to the library's website, catalog and virtual reference.
(Note: This information is pulled from the WorldCat Registry - library staff may want to check your WorldCat Registry information to make sure it is up to date.)
The library profile will also include a list of recent items added to WorldCat by this library. WorldCat will create this list each month for item holding set the previous month - this list will be ordered by items with the most holdings across WorldCat.
If a library offers the WorldCat Local service and the user is not currently at that site, this page will let them know it is available and allow them to execute a search that takes them to the WorldCat Local site for availability information and more.
And this is just the start; we plan to evolve this area with more exciting additions in the upcoming months
Shout out to Deborah Evans, who featured WorldCat.org in her podcast as a "home for list lovers."
Speaking of lists, you might be nearing the end of the school year and planning for summer reading. We'd love to hear what's on your list for your summer. People have started to create new lists and update their lists from last year. Get inspired from other people's summer reading lists.
For a little spark of summertime reading inspiration, you can download and print some WorldCat bookmarks with summertime themes. These are fairly good-sized files, be aware:
This week, May 3-9, 2009 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Help students find a way to show their gratitude for educators by reading books and watching movies about great teachers.
We've gathered up books to help younger children connect with being thankful for their teachers. Plus we picked out a few of our favorite inspirational teacher movies, such as To Sir, With Love, Stand and Deliver and Dead Poets Society for junior high and high school students.
See the whole Teacher Appreciation Week list on WorldCat.org.
As everyone around the world continues to wash their hands and track the swine flu virus, a long-eyed WorldCatter Daniel Cornwall from Juneau, Alaska, USA looked back in time at government documents about the 1970s swine flu outbreak. It does make you glad for medical breakthroughs like tamiflu now, doesn't it?
Here's an updated list of swine flu reading for 2009, if you're looking for additional reading on the topic.
And some good swine flu fiction.