August 2009 Archives
Libraries subscribe to databases of content, like you and I might subscribe to a newspaper or a magazine. Like us, libraries buy these subscriptions based their interests or the interests of their communities.
A medical library at a university might pay for access to highly specialized content about surgical techniques, but that access is limited to their students, staff and professors. A public library might subscribe to a database that provides environmental or business regulation data for their entrepreneurial and business communities. This content is hidden deep within subscription-based Web sites that require authorization. The content is seldom exposed in Web searches, but your library can make some of this hidden content available to you.
Libraries that have set up access to their subscription databases on WorldCat.org, enable their users to search these hidden, licensed databases as well as the print, audio and video collections in the library all at one time. If your library is doing this, you have access to a lot of deep Web content. But the rest of us do not.
And that is the topic of a panel discussion that OCLC has proposed for the 2010 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. We've submitted a proposal for a panel on "Discovery, Identity and Rights: Three Deep Web Problems." But we need YOUR "thumbs-up" in order to increase the odds of our proposal being selected.
The selection process closes on Friday, Sept. 4 so please take a moment to visit the SXSW PanelPicker and give us a thumbs up: http://bit.ly/vuPu5. You'll be asked to register, but it's a very simple process.
Help us and a panel of licensing, business and identity experts answer the question: "What if you could search all of the content available to you?"
Twitter messages from the @OCLC account between Friday, August 21 and Thursday, August 27 2009.
- Clive Thompson on the New Literacy (Wired)
- Google Docs now supports translation of online documents in 42 languages (Google Blogs)
- RT @MerrileeIAm -- Turning "labeling archives" into a game at Dartmouth College:
- OCLC and RDA: Beyond the record (Metalogue)
- RT @geekthelibrary Do you geek your local librarians? Nominate them!
OCLC announces agreements in Europe to extend coverage in WorldCat
- Google makes 1 million+ public domain books available in Open EPUB format
- Sony Comes After Kindle with a Wireless, Touch-Screen Device (NYTimes.com)
- Flat World Knowledge offers free textbooks on the Web, charges fees for print versions and extras (Ars Technica)
- Register for the OCLC Digital Forum West by Friday, August 28, for $20 early bird discount.
- OCLC Distinguished Seminar Series: Helene Blowers to present on the future of libraries. Oct 9, Dublin OH.
- Gates Foundation presents "Access to Learning" award to Colombian org for innovative use of tech in libraries
- Wikipedia to impose a layer of editorial review on articles about living people (NYTimes.com)
- Barnes & Noble Gets Aggressive in the E-Book Wars (Fast Company)
- OCLC names participants for 2010 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program
- Twitter API Adds Location Data
- AtYourLibrary.org 7-part interview w/ Cory Doctorow on librarianship, media, copyright, gaming
- Back to School: Apps Every College Student Should Try (ReadWriteWeb)
- VALAtech Boot Camp OCLC API Mashathon 8 Feb. Preconf event for VALA2010 in Melbourne, Australia #vala2010
- Back to school with Wolfram|Alpha -- Chemistry 101
- Rural broadband = more jobs, better salaries(Ars Technica on Dept. of Ag. study)
For those developer/tech-oriented among us, we have some good news.
WorldCat Search API enhanced
The WorldCat Search API now enables developers to limit the results returned to an individual library, without authentication.
With this functionality enhancement, the eligibility requirements for the WorldCat Search API have also been updated.
NB: ALL 200+ current WorldCat Search API WSKeys will remain active through at least September 1, 2010. This eligibility change should affect very few future requests for service. In addition, there is even more good news if your library doesn't currently qualify--or if you're a developer who is not connected to a library.
WorldCat Basic API planned
As much as we love WorldCat.org, we've wanted to provide an additional general Web service to WorldCat for a long time now. So we're very excited that later this year you'll have access to a simple API into WorldCat that anyone and everyone in the world can use, for noncommercial use. Called the WorldCat Basic API, it will provide a mashable access point for lightweight apps built by developers who may or may not have ties to the library community.
Sign up for the monthly e-mail updates to hear when WorldCat Basic API is available, and start planning your apps now!
Despite Twitter's growing popularity, though, some people prefer to get their online news in other formats, of course, including blogs. Since some of the links we post from Twitter might be interesting to readers of the WorldCat Blog, we thought we would try copying them from there to here once a week. If folks think it's useful, we'll keep doing it.
OCLC Tweets from August 14 - August 20, 2009 (in reverse chronological order; most recent to least).
- Give a thumbs-up for libraries to be at SXSW. "Deep Web" panel to explore what doesn't appear in search results and why
- Nancy Pearl on NPR: Mysteries You Might Have Missed. Related: WC list of Edgar Award Winners
- Going to IFLA? Register for OCLC's "Industry Symposium: The Future of Management Services on the Web"
- OpenSearch added to VIAF (Outgoing)
- The Making of the NPR News iPhone App (via O'Reilly Radar)
- RT @archivesopen National Geographic Set to Open Up Its Image Archive (ResourceShelf)
- FCC launches "Blogband" to blog about the US National Broadband Plan
- BnF (Nat Lib France) does digitization deal with Google (from RT @Personanondata @echildress)
- iPhone now the most popular camera on Flickr (Wired)
- Create custom reference books from selected Wikipedia articles
- Wikipedia Releases an Official iPhone Application (Lifehacker)
- RT @LorcanD 'A voyage around the world' Cambridge University Library Darwin exhibition.
- OCLC's Andrew Pace on "Web Scale Management Services" (streaming video & powerpoint)
- How to Use Facebook: 5 Tips For Better Social Networking (ReadWriteWeb)
- Register for next Wed (8/26) 1 hour OCLC Research webinar: Library a la Carte
- Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 4 (ReadWriteWeb)
- WorldCat.org adds search for a library feature: WC Blog entry.
- NetLibrary catalog reaches 200,000-title milestone (OCLC Abstracts)
- English Wikipedia hits three million articles (guardian.co.uk)
- Should Consumers Fear The Internet of Things? (ReadWriteWeb)
- The Unquiet Librarian geeks inspiration. #geekthelibrary
- Digital Textbooks in CA (NPR/audio)
- PARC on changing editor resistance in and slowing growth of Wikipedia
- 10 OCLC presentations from ALA Annual now online
- College Textbooks Hit iPhone (PC World)
One of America's most well-known librarians, Nancy Pearl, had a segment on today's NPR Morning Edition. (Listen to the audio and get excepts.) She was giving a list of mysteries you might have overlooked earlier this summer. So in case you need one more beach read--one more long, lazy summer weekend in the hammock before school starts again--we've captured her list as a WorldCat list. (Nancy Pearl's Mysteries on NPR). Here they are:
- The manual of detection
- The sweetness at the bottom of the pie
- The case of the gilded fly
- The caveman's valentine
- Living witness : a Gregor Demarkian novel
- The city & the city
- A darker domain : a novel
- The skull mantra
- Brat Farrar
What is your favorite mystery? Or mystery series?
A library search feature is now available to WorldCat users. Users can search for libraries by name/keyword, location or zip/postal code - and refine their search results by library type, such as Public Library or Academic Library (results via the "Library type" filter on the top-right of the results set).
The order of library search results will vary depending on the type of search that is conducted:
- If 'zip /postal code' is used to search, libraries in that code will be returned. The results will be ordered by proximity to the zip/postal code center.
Please note: At this time, the WorldCat library search is unable to include libraries in nearby cities and in some cases nearby zip/postal codes- enhancements to this feature are planned in the near future.
- If library name/ keyword is used to search, results will be ordered alphabetical by all libraries with that search term in the library name.
- If specific location search is used, such as 'city, state'; results will be listed alphabetical by library name within that location.
Google Maps have also been integrated into the experience to make it easier to find a library near you.
* Note to library staff: The WorldCat Library search is powered by WorldCat Registry data. If your library's info is not appearing the way you'd like it to for users, please update your WorldCat Registry profile.
The July top 20 list in its entirety. Noteworthy changes below.
New to the List
- #1 Contadora and Diplomacy of Peace in Central America
- #6 Crna Gora: Auto Karta (Montenegro: Road Map)
- #9 Neil Armstrong is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
- #11 The Early Fiction of H.G. Wells: Fantasies of Science
- #12 The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
- #15 Bosnia I Hercegovina, Auto Karta 1:520,000 (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Road Map 1:520,000)
- #16 Black Inventors: Crafting Over 200 Years of Success
- #17 Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment
- #18 Moonwalk
- #19 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- #20 Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension
Gone from the Top 20 (with June ranking)
- The Blue Manuscript (#4)
- Cop Without a Badge: The Extraordinary Undercover Life of Kevin Maher (#5)
- New Moon (#11)
- A Brief History of Physical Education (#12)
- Ocean Wide, Ocean Deep (#13)
- The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride (#15)
- Cool Careers Without College for Nature Lovers (#16)
- 24 Poetas Latinamericanos (#17)
- The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic (#18)
- Unburdened by Conscience: A Black People's Collective Account of America's Ante-Bellum South and the Aftermath (#19)
- A World Without Clothes: Photo Album of Naturist Families and their Journeys (#20)
Recently, at the American Library Association (ALA) conference, one of my colleagues, Arnold Arcolio, gave a presentation about the WorldCat Local usability studies we've done over the past two years. Most of these studies were conducted in collaboration with partner libraries who piloted WorldCat Local. We've decided to make this summary of findings available on the oclc.org website for anyone:
If you have any questions or comments regarding this summary, please contact Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are continuing to usability test WorldCat Local and to make improvements to the application based on customer and user feedback we receive through various channels. Our most recent usability testing is being completed at academic and public libraries in Illinois. A few of the concepts we're looking at involve improvements to the search results pages and library filtering, improvements to the search of multiple databases in one interface for metasearching, and improvements to the display of electroinc access on the item record pages.