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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.... 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 are up, lists, profiles, reviews, ratings, tags, searches saved--all of these metrics continue to increase month over month, year over year. 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:
* OAIster
* JSTOR Archive
* Elsevier metadata
* Medline
* British Library Inside Serials
* ArticleFIrst

And the traffic partners like EasyBib, BibMe, RedLaser, Pic2Shop and many many others that have embedded 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 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 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, and of libraries.

item.jpgHold the phone! (The iPhone, that is.) Now there's another mobile barcode-scanning app called (pronounced like 'Label Us') that now links to was developed by Nearest Island to help you find "product transparency on a single, open platform. Learn and share information about products and companies."

The barcode-scanning system works on all kinds of things--soup, electronics, socks, books and more. But what we care about here are things found in libraries. And books are among the many things found in libraries...

So on you can find books in libraries, see reviews and other data about books and other products. It uses 'channels' to bring it other people's perspectives on items, and includes a reputation system to help filter the results.

Here's the quotation from the Co-Founder and CEO David Rea from the official announcement:

"We are pleased to connect the smart, environmentally and socially-conscious shoppers who use to learn about the products they buy to one of the original green living ideas, the library, Having library data from more than 10,000 libraries consolidated into one site made it easy to connect our users to their local library to find the books and materials they're interested in."

Using, you can scan barcodes or search for books and then connect to to find the libraries who hold those items. is one of several mobile applications designed for users to access library information from WorldCat. See screen shots on the WorldCat Facebook page.

Using WorldCat lists for Facebook fun


I don't use Facebook a ton. Being a GenXer, I tend to live on email and Twitter. I do enjoy it when I have time, and have re-connected to a bunch of old high school friends and folks who have moved away over the years.

I have noticed, though, that there seem to be a lot of games, polls and memes making the rounds of FB. I haven't played any of the dedicated FB games (like Mafia Wars). I am a gamer, but I tend towards Xbox with my 10-year old. Similarly, I haven't taken advantage of any of the "Which Greek God Are You Most Like?" type polls. Unless I understand the criteria, I'm not interested. I mean, come on... if you're going to tell me I'm more like Circe than Mercury, I need to know why.

I have, however, taken part in a couple of "memes" that friends have passed along. These usually take the form of a questionnaire delivered in a note, which the initiator tags with your name. You are encouraged to answer the question and pass it on to 10, 15, etc. of your friends.

The most recent couple of these I've been invited to reply to involved listing of favorite "Top 10" or "Top 15" things. What I did when responding was to create my replies as WorldCat lists to make them easier to share. You can see my WC lists for "Top 15 movies" and "Top 15 books."

For the "movies" list, I also made sure to add the editions of the movies that had cool "cover" art (although I guess it's "box" art for VHSs or DVDs), and then pointed folks to the "Covers Only" view of that list via the WC List link, as part of my FB reply.

A couple friends commented that they thought it was a much more interesting and helpful way to do a list like this. It was certainly more fun for me. I can even see, from the WC List page for each list, how many other WorldCat users have viewed my lists.

Sharing lists of "favorites" is fun. And WorldCat can add a bit of library flavor to the mix.

We've updated our CiteMe and WorldCat Facebook applications for use on organizational Facebook Pages. Of course you can still use these applications on your personal profile. Now your group, school or library page can provide these library services too.

If you attempted to add these applications to your organization's Page in the past, you should check the Page settings to make sure the applications are not listed there. If they are, click the "X" to remove the out-of-date application. Then you can add the updated application back to your organization's Facebook Page. This will make sure you have the updated application.

The instructions below are written for the CiteMe application, but apply to the WorldCat application as well. Just substitute WorldCat where you see CiteMe.

To get started:

  1. Search for CiteMe, select it from the search results and go to the CiteMe page.
  2. Click the button "Add to my Page" that appears under the CiteMe logo on the CiteMe Page.Use the Add to Page button shown in this screen capture.
  3. Select the Page to which you wish to add the application. Then click "Close" to exit that window.Choose the Pages that you are allowed to admin, as shown in this screen capture.
  4. Go to the Boxes Tab on your organization's Page. The CiteMe application will appear there.
  5. If you want to show CiteMe on the Wall of your organization's Page, click the pencil icon and select "Move to Wall tab".This screen capture shows the menu selection for
  6. The CiteMe application will now appear on the Wall of your organization's Page.This screen capture shows CiteMe on the Wall as the steps have been completed.
  7. You can also have the CiteMe application on your Tab. Go to the Tab section of your organization's Page and click the plus sign, then choose CiteMe or search for it using the "Search available tabs" box.CiteMe also appears on the Tabs as shown in this screen capture.

Now you will have CiteMe on the Tabs and the Wall of your organization's Facebook Page. This is a great way to put a citation tool right where your students prefer to be.

You can add the applications to your personal profile too:

  1. Search for the CiteMe application and click the "Go to Application" button.
  2. Allow the application access to your Facebook profile. (This step is required by Facebook not our application.)
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the application where you will find "Add to profile" button. Click that.
  4. Confirm where you would like the application to appear on your personal profile. You can choose "Wall and Info Tab" or "Boxes Tab".
  5. Click "Keep" from the application as it appears on your profile.
  6. Use the pencil icon to move this application to your Boxes Tab if you do not want it on your Wall and Info Tab.
  7. You can also add CiteMe to your personal profile Tabs. Click the + sign on your Tab row and use the "Search available tabs" box to locate CiteMe. Choose that and CiteMe will appear on your Tabs.

Again, you can use these same instructions for adding the WorldCat application.

Let us know how this works for you and whether you get feedback from your students.

The recent WorldCat Webinar recording is now available. At a mere 28 minutes long, it's a quick and easy way to make sure you're up-to-speed on the latest enhancements. Jasmine walks you through the site itself, and then shows you all the easy ways to link into WorldCat through Facebook, WorldCat through your iPhone and more.

Updated Facebook Apps!

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The work is all done! Now you can add your WorldCat Facebook application and the CiteMe application to your Facebook profile in your Wall or in the Boxes tab of your profile.

I put mine in the side bar of my Wall as you can see below (or friend me to see it all!).


Or you can put this into your Boxes tab:


To add these applications to either your Wall or your Boxes tab, go to the Edit applications screen. If you look back to my post from last week, you'll see some instructions for getting to the Edit applications screen. Then you click the "Edit" link to get this settings window. Click profile and then you can add the applications to your Wall or Boxes:


After you add the application, you should see it on the left-hand side of your Wall or at the bottom of your Boxes page. Make sure you check both.

I hope this helps you! Please post a comment to this message if you have problems added these applications. Or post a message to the WorldCat in Facebook application discussion page and the CiteMe application discussion page.

Changes to the Facebook profile have caused a lot of confusion for the people and companies that have applications on the Facebook platform.

The new profile has advantages and disadvantages which have been widely discussed. I like the new format, but I am not happy that I have to do more work to make use of the applications I used so easily in the past.

For instance I have added the WorldCat in Facebook application and the CiteMe application. But neither of those applications appears in my profile. So I tried to re-add each app. That didn't work because Facebook knows that I already have those applications. I just can't find them.

Sound familiar? Here's how you fix that.

First go to your Facebook profile by clicking the "Home" button.

Next, click "Edit" on the Application box.

Now you'll see a bunch of your applications and five options for displaying those applications.

Your options are:

  • Authorized applications
  • Bookmarked applications
  • Applications you've added to your profile
  • Applications that have Wall permissions
  • Applications that have additional permissions

If you want the application to appear in the application box (step 2 above) on your profile page, you have to add it to the Bookmarks list of applications. But before you can do that you have to find that application.

It might be in the list of authorized applications, or bookmarked applications or one of the other five lists mentioned above. Click each one of those and look for the WorldCat and CiteMe applications. They will look like this:




You need to click the edit button and then you'll see the Edit Application Settings:


You can change the settings if you like, but the important stuff is on the "Bookmark" tab or link. Click that and you'll see the option to bookmark the applications. Just click the box on that screen as shown here and click "Okay":


Do that for the WorldCat application and the CiteMe application. Then go back to your profile using the "Home" button. The two applications should appear on the right-hand side of your profile page in the Application box. If you can't see them there, click the "more" link:


And then you should see something like this:


You can click and drag these icons up to the top where they will appear in the Application box without clicking "more." And then you can get to your WorldCat and CiteMe apps quickly!

But is that what you wanted?

What I want is to show off my favorite application in the tabs on my public profile view, like this:


But we can't do that right now because we need to make some changes to the applications to support this new profile function. Give us a bit of time. When we make the changes, we'll post again here on our blog or on the WorldCat in Facebook application discussion page and the CiteMe application discussion page.

CiteMe on Facebook

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A nifty new WorldCat app has just been released on Facebook called CiteMe. Type in a title, author, subject, or isbn and presto! A formatted citation comes up, right in the Facebook environment.

Of course, if you're looking to do a whole bibliography in a click, staying on the site is the way to go. You can build a list of all your works and generate your Works Cited page, quickly and easily. But for one or two listings or a quick refresher when you're posting out--this new Facebook app can't be beat!