New partnerships for WorldCat
There has been a flurry of WorldCat partnership activity going on lately. Here's a run-down:
More options for digitized books
As part of an agreement with Kirtas Technologies, WorldCat.org will show if a book is available as digitized content or that it can be made available for digitization. The agreement is signed. Now we just have to slot it into the development schedule.
"Find a Book" Web site links to WorldCat
The recently enhanced "Find a Book" Web site from the MetaMetrics helps to connect readers with books appropriate for their reading level, using the Lexile Framework® for Reading. Readers can either enter their Lexile measure, or their grade and if they find reading materials difficult or easy. Once they find the books they're interested in, now they can connect to their local library through WorldCat.org and check availability.
I'll post more about this site soon. It's got a great interface and makes it really easy for K-12 readers to find good books to read!
WorldCat Mobile pilot partner creates another app for librarians
While this isn't really a new partnership, we're so proud of our WorldCat partner organization, Boopsie, for taking the lead on helping librarians navigate the biggest library conference of the year in the U.S., going on next week. Librarians can download the ALA Mobile app from their mobile phone browser at http://ala.boopsie.com, or text "ala2009" to 41411.
More news on the WorldCat Mobile pilot coming next week. Stay tuned.