WorldCat features: October 2009 Archives
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."
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.