October 2009 Archives
Contributed by Jasmine de Gaia
The popularity of Halloween seems to be increasing steadily - I just read the other day that two-thirds of all grown-ups will celebrate Halloween and half of them will spend more than $100 doing so. With Oct. 31st just a a few days away perhaps you're still trying to put together a costume or helping your kids map out their trick or treating routes. Whatever your Halloween festivities, the library has some great resources to generate some ideas or help get you in that spooky frame of mind. Take a look at all the great Halloween lists other WorldCat users have created, covering everything from decorating to costumes to movies and even the history of Halloween. Check out the identities of some favorite Halloween characters, such as Jack the Ripper or related authors like Stephen King.
With a list like that, it's neat to be able to share it or send a simple link to a friend. WorldCat makes it easy for anybody to do that. Some lists, though, are quite a bit more... well... research intensive. And WorldCat is a great place to work on bibliographies of a much more substantive nature, especially if you want help from others.
A great example of such a list is one being created by the Senior Information Specialist here in OCLC's corporate library. Tam Dalrymple provides the writers and editors on my team with absolutely AWESOME research service for many of the pieces we work on, including some of the OCLC membership reports. But she also works on long-term projects related to the profession as a whole. Tam is currently assembling the list, "Library Users and Non-Users - A Bibliography from the OCLC Library." This is a collection of studies on how -- or whether -- libraries fit into people's information-seeking behavior. Right now Tam is concentrating on published books, reports or dissertations, rather than articles. Currently many of the items focus on library use and users, but one of her goals is to include more studies that start from the perspective of the information seeker. There are 50 items on the list as of today... worth taking a look if you have any interest in research involving library use.
And... As you can guess from reading that description, this is a work in progress. Tam is actively soliciting idea for additions to the list. If you can think of something, feel free to email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two great ways to use WorldCat Lists: personal forget-me-nots, and shared, major research efforts. My guess is that there are a lot of other lists on WorldCat that fit somewhere in between.
PS: You can search for others' WorldCat lists by clicking on the "Search" drop-down box at the top of the WorldCat.org screen, and choosing "Search for Lists."
If you're interested to learn more about doing mash-ups and creating other apps with WorldCat data, be sure to checkout and then register for the upcoming WorldCat Mashathon in Seattle.
There are still plenty of spaces for app developers who would like to know how to incorporate noncommerical book and article data into their apps and mash-ups. You can build an app that helps people find good information about a certain subject, for example, and then connect them to the local library that has the material. (Through WorldCat, of course!)
The WorldCat Mashathon is a great place to test drive the WorldCat Search API and other WorldCat Web tools. Plus you'll see a preview of the new WorldCat Basic API that is coming soon and will be available to anyone and everyone. Here's a quick run-down of the event details:
WorldCat Mashathon Seattle
Sponsored by the OCLC Developer Network and the University Libraries of the University of Washington.
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 5-6, 2009
Odegaard Undergraduate Library, University of Washington campus
You bring your laptop and ideas, and we'll take care of everything else. (Breakfast, lunch, snacks and copious amounts of caffeine are included for the 2 days.)
I just realized today that I forgot to blog this tasty tidbit when it came out last month--but it's even more helpful as midterms and more complex essays now loom. The WorldCat CiteMe app for Facebook was recognized in the article, "Back to School: 15 Essential Web Tools for Students" by Mashable, the world's largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news.
I was just commiserating yesterday with a friend who does an online course each semester towards her master's degree in nursing, and the APA citations were really making her cranky.
Luckily, there are actually two Facebook apps for WorldCat:
• WorldCat- an app that lets you find items in WorldCat from right within Facebook
• CiteMe- an app that delivers formatted citations from WorldCat in one of 5
standard styles: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Turabian.
We've posted previously about how to add the apps to your personal profile or Page. The good news is, now there's a WorldCat Page where you can see the apps in action. And while you're there, be sure to become a Fan of WorldCat!
- Now online: Distinguished Seminar Series, "Finding the Phoenix" by Helene Blowers, Dir of Digital Strategy, Col Metro Lib
- Google Editions aims to bring e-books to all devices (Ars Technica)
- OCLC Research and The RIN Announce Joint Project on Research Support Services
- Join OCLC for a Dewey Breakfast at AASL & chat about the DDC's value for school libraries. Register now.
- Register for OCLC's "Once it's digital, anything is possible," w/ Managing Director of Digital Library Collections at U Buffalo
- Webcast of Anne R. Kenney's Distinguished Seminar SeriesPresentation, "Approaching an Entity Crisis" now available
- OCLC offers Metadata Services for publishers to enhance title metadata
- Outgoing: Bibliographic Statistics 2009
- xISBN now includes optional WorldCat.org links
- The Democratization of Online Social Networks (Pew)
- Register for OCLC events at #CLA09, including update lunch, QP users' mtg, +9 more presentations.
- University of Utah releases iPhone apps for the study of human anatomy
- Emphasis on Ebooks (hangingtogether.org)
- Hearst Takes A Stab At Semi-Automated [semi-semantic?] Content With LMK (TechCrunch)
- World's largest collection of cartoon art & comics at OSU. Billy Ireland Cartoon Lib and Museum
- Minimizing Complexity In User Interfaces (Smashing Magazine)
- Holiday Outlook for eReaders and eBooks: Even Better Than Previously Thought
- Discoverability .. a report that's worth a look (Lorcan Dempsey)
- Hodge at #PLA delays DCMS Library Review
- Kindle now $259, available worldwide with wireless delivery (Ars Technica)
- Trendsmap - Real-time local Twitter trends
- FTC to Bloggers: Disclose Freebies or Face $11,000 Fine (ReadWriteWeb)
- NYTimes.com announces custom RSS tool: a simple way to query Times Article Search API & consume the results.
- Nat'l Archives & Records Administration and US Gov Printing Office publish Federal Register in XML
- Knight Commission Says Libraries Crucial to Democracy; Foundation Offers $3.1M in Grants - 10/5/2009 (Library Journal)
- Book Metadata Outside of the Library (Metalogue)
- Google announces nine new side panel search options
The legal advisors for WorldCat.org would like to make sure you know about the latest updates for WorldCat.org's Terms and Conditions. Here is the explanation they would like you see:
Please note that Exhibit A to the OCLC WorldCat.org Services Terms and Conditions has been updated regarding use of Google API services made available through WorldCat.org
What this really means to you is that WorldCat.org now also includes links to Google Maps, to help you find the libraries you're looking for when you're driving or walking around.
The 3 most popular WorldCat juvenile items added in September were:
When You Reach Me, added by 2,183 WorldCat libraries in Sept.
Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals are Big and Little Animals are Little, added by 2,164 WorldCat libraries in Sept.
The Magical Ms. Plum, added by 2,012 WorldCat libraries in Sept.
Other top juvenile items added to WorldCat libraries in September can be seen here.
The 3 most popular WorldCat non-juvenile items added in September were:
The Defector, added by 1,187 WorldCat libraries in Sept.
The Lost Symbol: a novel, added by 1,167 WorldCat libraries in Sept.
and The Traffickers, added by 1,047 WorldCat libraries in Sept.
Other non-juvenile items added to WorldCat libraries in September can be seen here.
Lists of recent items added to WorldCat libraries for the month of Sept. are now available. You can see these lists on your library's WorldCat profile page which can be accessed via the 'Library info' link in the list of holding libraries on the item details page or the library name in the library search results.
September stats include:
- 13,669 libraries added new items to WorldCat in September
- Of those, 703 did not have an existing recent items list, so WorldCat automatically created a new list.
- 12,966 existing recent items lists were updated.
The September Top 20 List doesn't have too many surprises. Notable and new are Fault Lines: Tort Law as Cultural Practice and, the first DVD to make the top 20, Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture.
New to the List
#8 The Joy of Gay Sex
#9 Lang Xianping Shuo Shui Du Tao Bu Diao De Jin Rong Wei Ji
#10 Fault Lines: Tort Law as Cultural Practice
#14 Santa Rosa De Lima En El Museo Lazaro Galdiano
#17 Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture
#18 Rock & Roll Never Forgets
#19 Kumpulan Materi Khotnah Dan Ceramah: Agama Islam Kebutuhan Pokok Umat Manusia
Gone from the Top 20 (with August ranking)
Contadora and Diplomacy of Peace in Central America (#1)
Crna Gora: Auto Karta = Montenegro: Road Map (#7)
The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic (#12)
Si Kabayan Dan Beberapa Dongeng Sunda Lainnya (#13)
The Early Fiction of H.G. Wells: Fantasies of Science (#15)
Bekal Dakwah Ceramah Singkat Untuk Kuliah Tujuh Menit (Kultum), Kuliah Subuh Di Bulan Ramadhan, Halal Bi Halal, Peringatan Hari-Hari Besar Islam DLL (#19)
Encyclopedia of Human Biology (#20)
- Disney to Introduce Children's E-Book Site (NYTimes.com)
- Two-Thirds of Americans Object to Online Tracking, Study Says (NYTimes.com)
- Great Twitter Quiz and Polling Apps (ReadWriteStart)
- Amazon settles 1984 suit, sets limits on Kindle deletions (Ars Technica)
- OCLC announces partnership with WALDO (the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization)
- Reputation enhancement (Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)
- Resources to Find the Data You Need (FlowingData)
- Educause: 7 Things You Should Know About Federated Identity Management (pdf)
- Full archive up for #digref WebJunction webinar
- Registration open for WorldCat Mashathon Seattle: November 5-6, 2009
- Webcast of Anne R. Kenney's DSS Presentation, "Approaching an Entity Crisis..." now available (OCLC)
- Registration open for OCLC Digital Forum East. 11/5/09, Arlington County Public Library, Virginia
- OCLC 2009 Technical Services Forum @ British Library,18th November. Karen Calhoun presenting on latest report
- Google Docs adds student-specific features: equation editor, super/subscripts, translation options, better bullets
- Google acquisitions as a metro map
- Washington Post Develops Visual, Web-like Commenting System (via O'Reilly Radar)
- WPI + AT&T study: leakage of personal data from social networks (PDF) (via Ars Technica)
- The coming tablet wars (TechCrunch)
- 10 Web design usability findings and guidelines (Smashing Magazine)
- Social networking use in the US nearly triples in last year (Nielsen Wire)
- Banned Books Week starts today. WC List: 100 most frequently challenged books 1990-2000
- Mendeley scrobbles your papers (hangingtogether.org)
- VIAF as linked data (Outgoing)
- WorldCat Search API at the Access Hackfest
LITA National Forum
Friday, Oct. 2, 4:20-5:30 pm
Alpine West, Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Internet Librarian 2009
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Room C203, Monterey Conference Center
Monterey, California, USA
For both these presentations, it's not so much about showing off the WorldCat Mobile pilot--as much as we like it--but it's really set up to share what we've learned about people trying to find library materials on the mobile platform. What works, what doesn't, what the motivations might be for using a mobile device over a large-screen one and how do we take that into the user experience, etc.
Speaking of the WorldCat Mobile pilot, there have now been more than 17,500 downloads of the WorldCat Mobile pilot app (or accesses of the Web "lite" version, if your phone does not support downloads.)
If you live in Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, UK or US and haven't downloaded the WorldCat Mobile pilot app and tried it out yet, there's no time like the present. Even with the latest enhancements like more images and improved relevancy rankings, we would still like to hear your ideas of how to make it better, faster, smarter, snappier and in general--more useful for you.