Alice Sneary: October 2009 Archives
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!
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.
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.