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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:
* OAIster
* JSTOR Archive
* Elsevier metadata
* Medline
* ERIC
* British Library Inside Serials
* ArticleFIrst

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.

For you library newshounds (!), you might have already seen the recent news release from OCLC, the organization who provides stewardship for WorldCat on behalf of the member libraries who contribute to it.

But for the rest of us, I'll risk repeating the good news: the creators of EasyBIb.com have come together with OCLC staffers--our own Jasmine among them--on a collaboration to help libraries deliver an even more robust citation service for their users: EasyBib Library Edition. (Catchy name, I know!)

EasyBib Library Edition will feature all the great things from the EasyBib.com free site, a very popular online citation site on the Web. But then it adds in even more: links to your library's site, catalog, ask-a-librarian/chat service and a unique skin specific for your library. It's all in an effort to make sure libraries and librarians are there to meet your needs, whenever and wherever you are. You'll be able to see more, do more and gain access to even more research materials from the simple EasyBib interface you may already use every day.

But WorldCat.org already has citations. Why improve on an already good thing?
This announcement doesn't change WorldCat's citation features. (Although the EasyBib team may have some good ideas later on, for how to make it better!) For now, WorldCat.org will continue to have citations the same way as it always has. This news just reflects a deepening of an already solid partnership of WorldCat with EasyBib.

And speaking of the current partnership, you might have seen the link to EasyBib when you used the WorldCat cite/export link. Or you might already be using EasyBib.com for your citations and you might have noticed that WorldCat powers the book citation selections.

So whether you use EasyBib already or are now inspired to check it out and see how WorldCat citations connect in with it, we're excited about the partnership and to see what the Library Edition will bring. Stay tuned as we build the service together and test it with a few beta libraries.

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