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compiledimage.jpgNow there's a special buy-it link that connects you to library-provided content on Amazon.com. These books are available on a print-on-demand basis and contain public domain works from Cornell University and the University of Michigan.

The new link is found in the "Buy it" section of a Worldcat.org detailed record, and will further expand access to the "long tail" information found in relatively few libraries around the world, but now made discoverable to anyone through WorldCat.org.

Sample titles include the following:
Massasoit of the Wampanoags with a brief commentary on Indian character; and sketches of other great chiefs, tribes and nations; also a chapter on Samoset, Squanto and Hobamock, three early native friends of the Plymouth colonists, by Alvin Gardner Weeks
Haiti, Her History and Her Detractors, by Jacques Nicolas Léger
The Life of a Simple Man, by Emile Guillaumin
The ministers wooing, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

How does this new link help you, the user?
Now you can purchase copies of these rare and valuable materials in the context of other library material results.

Get more details about the buy-it link over on the official announcement.

Google Gadget is back

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The Google gadget for WorldCat is back! If you have a Google account, add the updated Google gadget for WorldCat to your iGoogle page.googlegadget.jpg

If you're a savvy comparison shopper armed with an iPhone, now you can get library results for any book you run into, wherever you are, thanks to a free iPhone app called pic2shop that now includes WorldCat data through the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs.

Pic2shop uses the camera on your iPhone to scan the book barcode, and then provides results for different online shopping sites and now local libraries. If your library has enabled it, you can click straight through to their catalog and see if it's available or reserve it. One of the great things about pic2shop is that it was developed by Vision Smarts, a company based in Belgium, so the app works in all countries. In fact, here's a screen shot of results from Australia:
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Of course, pic2shop joins the current mobile apps and sites that showcase libraries with WorldCat results: RedLaser for iPhone (U.S. only at the moment) and the WorldCat Mobile pilot (UK, U.S., Netherlands, Germany, France and Canada).

Download pic2shop
from your country's iTunes App store. And check out the video (created by Pic2Shop's partner, Appency) of how pic2shop can help you locate library materials, say, if you're browsing in a bookstore.


Stop summer slide!

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If you're a parent of a school age child, you're probably all too familiar with the scenario where your child is reading above his or her grade level at the end of the school year, only to return to school the next fall having "slid" back down a level over the summer.

Now there's a way to stop the summer slide, thanks to some enhancements on the "Find a Book" Web site from the WorldCat partner, MetaMetrics. This site can help suggest books your kids may like, at their appropriate reading level.

The "Find a Book" Web site uses 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 can connect to their local library through WorldCat.org and check availability.
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The Find a Book Web site now offers the option to "Look up at a local library"
which connects to WorldCat.org.


Once you're in WorldCat.org, of course, you can create a list, add ratings, get automatic citations for an item or do all the social networking activities you're used to doing.

Background on summer reading slide
The "Find a Book" Web site is based, in part, on the research of James Sangil Kim, Ed.D., assistant professor of education at Harvard University. Dr. Kim's studies on summer "loss" or "slide," when many students' reading skills diminish over the summer months away from school, suggests that students who read a minimum of eight high-interest books at their Lexile level over the summer can achieve similar gains in reading growth as students who attend summer school.

Durham Public Schools in North Carolina have implemented a Lexile program based on Dr. Kim's research with success. Watch a 4-minute video about how the program boosted their summer reading success.

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