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Hi everyone. You may have noticed that our blogging velocity and perhaps vociferousness has waned in the past few months. But not our veracity, certainly....
WorldCat.org is growing by leaps and bounds in terms of people who use it to find relevant, timely information in libraries worldwide. Usage is up, referrals (other Web sites who link in to WorldCat.org) are up, lists, profiles, reviews, ratings, tags, searches saved--all of these metrics continue to increase month over month, year over year. WorldCat.org is also still growing in a huge way in terms of the content that is available. More than 1.5 billion items are now findable in libraries from a single search box. 111 million+ of those items are articles from the following sources:
* JSTOR Archive
* Elsevier metadata
* British Library Inside Serials
And the WorldCat.org traffic partners like EasyBib, BibMe, RedLaser, Pic2Shop and many many others that have embedded WorldCat.org data into their apps and sites make it even easier for you as a user to find items in libraries, no matter where you start your search.
We've enjoyed giving all the latest updates over the past 3 years in this format--the WorldCat blog--but we've realized the conversation has largely moved to other locations like Facebook and Twitter. So we're still committed to bringing you all the news that's fit to know about WorldCat.org from a library user point of view...but as of August 21, we will do it in one fewer place. The content of the blog will stay here and stay searchable, but we will no longer post to it or accept comments on posts.
If you haven't liked WorldCat.org on Facebook or followed us on Twitter yet, go do it now so you won't experience any disruption in discussion. In fact, you'll probably be refreshed to see all the discussion going on there. If you're a librarian, make sure you add the OCLC Cooperative Blog into your RSS feedreader, because we'll post the behind-the-scenes of-interest-only-to-librarians stuff there now, too.
See you over on these other places. And thanks for continuing to be such loyal readers and users of WorldCat.org, and of libraries.
AnchorageSchools, on WorldCat.org, has provided more than 7,500 reviews of items from their library which benefits their school's community and WorldCat.org users worldwide. Taking a few minutes to look through their recent reviews you'll find a "highly recommended" books like Pika: Life in the Rocks.
If you're posting reviews for use in your school or library, let us know.
WorldCat has teamed up with MetaMetrics to offer "Find a Book" to help connect readers with books appropriate for their reading level, using the popular 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, they connect to your library through WorldCat.org and check availability.
Once users are at WorldCat.org, they can create a list, add ratings, get automatic citations for an item or do other social networking-type activities connected to your summer reading program.
Try out the Find a Book site today!