June 2010 Archives
The article was brought to my attention by Eric Childress from OCLC Research, who also kindly did the leg-work for putting together a list of the WorldCat Identities for all but one of the spies on the list. Apparently Harold James Nicholson is so sneaky that he managed to escape the watchful eyes of the world's librarians.
So... if the talk of modern spies has your users asking questions about famous skulduggery, you may want to have them check out the following:
- Valerie Plame Wilson
- Aldrich Ames
- Robert Hanssen
- Ethel & Julius Rosenberg
- The Cambridge Five: Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt, John Cairncross
- Josephine Baker
- Richard Sorge
- Mata Hari
You may have already seen a few new posters or bookmarks at your library. Simple and color-saturated, if you're really dedicated you can download a desktop background and show your library support all on your own!
If you live in town and want to do some "guerilla marketing" on behalf of your library, you can print off the posters or ads, for example, and hang them in bus shelter stops, at coffee shops and other community gathering places. It's all free, fun and brings a breath of fresh air to promoting WorldCat in person.
WorldCat Identities is one of my favorite features of WorldCat, and I've talked about it here before. One of the things I haven't mentioned is that there are lots of Identities in the service for what I think of as "not people." In some cases, that can be a fictional character, like the Identity for Dracula. But the jump to an "identity" for fictional characters isn't that big... they still have proper, personal names, and I think that's how I tend to think about Identity.
So what kind of Identities are there in addition to people (or vampires) with personal names? Lots. Here's some to get you started (some from current events... some just because they seemed like interesting examples):
- The Statue of Liberty
- The New York Yankees
- Apple Computer, Inc.
- British Petroleum
- The United States Supreme Court
- World Cup Soccer
- The Edmund Fitzgerald (ship)
At the bottom of the Identities page, there's a tag-cloud of "Associated Subjects." I've included the one for Afghanistan below:
Remind your favorite Dad and high school and college graduates that WorldCat lists are a great way to remember what you've already read, keep track of what you want to read next, or even hint at what you'd like to receive as a gift! Plus, looking at lists is a great way to identify new possibilities for worthy materials. A few cool lists we've noticed recently:
• Memoirs by lisaoberg (selection of memoirs to complement Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama)
• Dorm Days: Boarding School and College Life by nashvillepubliclibrary
• Reading List 01 - High School by minglam
• College teaching by larson78207
The top five items that WorldCat Libraries added in May 2010 are:
1. The Red Pyramid has a reading level of elementary and junior high school. The Red Pyramid was added by 1001 WorldCat libraries.
2. Making Toast: A Family Story, a biography, was added by 955 WorldCat libraries.
3. Castle Waiting, has been added by 869 WorldCat libraries.
4. Crash, the DVD, has been added by 825 WorldCat libraries.
5. Storm Prey, by John Sandford, has been added by 824 WorldCat libraries.
The full list of recent items added by your library last month (May, 2010) appears on the WorldCat Library's profile page. You can find your own local library's profile by searching WorldCat Libraries, if they are a WorldCat library, you can see their recent items. 705 libraries have a new WorldCat recent items list - for a total of 10,942 recent items list for the month of May.
When you visit your library's recent items list, you can subscribe to the list with RSS and get updates each month in your RSS reader.