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On Sunday February 20 from 2:00 am until 4:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time), systems and storage testing will be run on and a number of other related WorldCat services you might use from your library's Web site. There is a slight chance that and these other services will be unavailable during some or all of this testing period. We're running the test to make sure that functionality will not be affected by another planned downtime on February 27--more about that in a minute.

On Sunday, February 27 there will be a scheduled service downtime for cover art from 1:00 am until at least 6:00 am and, at most, 11:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time). We need to take the cover art off-line in order to upgrade the storage systems and capacity.

Both of these events are part of ongoing upgrades that the WorldCat team undertakes in order to improve services for you. Apologies for the disruption...We are working to minimize outages in the future, and upgrades such as this one will help us provide better, more robust service going forward.

If you have any questions about this event, please ask.

On the heels of the recent EasyBib news, there comes more citation and reference management announcements: BibMe and Citavi now also include and link to WorldCat data!

bibme-banner.jpgBibMe has more than 1 million registered users already--and more than 25.5 million citations. BibMe uses WorldCat to fill in citation information for books--very similar to the way EasyBib uses it on their free site.

logo_citavi_128_transparent.gifCitavi is a reference management and knowledge organization service used primarily in the German-speaking world--although there is an English version of the Web site. It helps you find, structure and document the resources you find very quickly within a single interface. WorldCat is now another online catalog that Citavi users can search in, pull citations for and make annotations to help their research and writing up process.

If you use a citation site other than BibMe, Citavi or EasyBib and you'd like it to include WorldCat data, please let us know via comments. (You can export to RefWorks, EndNote and EasyBib already from

All in all, a good day for citations and WorldCat. Well, more importantly a good day for anyone who needs to do citations and wants help in a quick and easy way, powered by the world's libraries and librarians.

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 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 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 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, 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 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.

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.

facet.pngYou might have already noticed this--it's been available for a few weeks now. But for the record, wanted to let you know...Now you can select multiple facets when you search, thanks to new checkboxes in the left side "narrow by format" column in the brief results display.

Here's an example, of how it can help:
I did a search on CYBER MONDAY and got 91 items returned.
Then I refined my search by simply checking the "eBook" format checkbox, and the results went from 91 to two (2): Santa Shops on eBay and the webolution of shopping to 2010. Interesting to note on that last title--it was written in 2001. I am curious to read it, to see how many of the predictions came true.

But wait! There's more! The terms used to describe facets have also been updated to include additional information to help you more quickly identify the items you're looking for. For example, "internet resource" has now been broken down into smaller chunks, such as "downloadable image" and "web site" (See it in the classic WorldCat developer search for "dogs.")

No go forth and search! Faster! And more powerfully.

Just in time for those final research essays of the term. Or Cyber Monday shopping. You choose!

Good news: the widely available app Pic2Shop--the barcode-scanning app for mobile phones that includes library data from WorldCat--is now available in the Android marketplace.

Android users, compare books and other materials like crazy. Built using the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs, the app works worldwide. Check out other mobile apps that third-party developers have built using WorldCat data over on the Developer Network application gallery.

briefresults.jpgWe've had a WorldCat mobile pilot going since January of 2009. But recently, however, we've evolved the mobile site to now run on a mobile Web browser. That's right. No app to download, no prompting to update the latest app each time you go to the app just "works" when you use the browser of your phone. And the experience is similar to the browser on your "big" screen. Beta release We're in beta release now, which means mobile views are targeted for iOS and Android platforms. Other smartphone browsers such as Blackberry and Windows 7 Mobile--as well as feature phone support--are in the works for future releases. (If you have a "smartphone" that is not iOS or Android, we'd love to have you try it and send feedback to the team...) If your library has a localized view of WorldCat--often it's a big search box loaded on the library's home page--there are mobile-specific sites built for your individual library, too. Try it out and send feedback So go to on your phone and try a suggested search. You'll see cover art (if available), e-mail a link or citations and get location-based holdings information for nearby libraries. Of course, you'll get library details such as map/directions, and visitor information such as hours and phone numbers. From, you'll also connect to your library's online catalog to see shelf status and reserve information. More mobile goodness for WorldCat available... You've heard here about many partner-developed, third-party apps like RedLaser, Pic2Shop, iRecommend and others that are also available with WorldCat library information embedded. If you have ideas for an app that includes library data, let us know!

More Music Muscle now in WorldCat


music format icon.jpgYou might have heard this news in other places...but we realized we hadn't officially published it here. So in case you hadn't thought of WorldCat and your library as a great place to get insight into your musical preferences, think again.

WorldCat has beefed up more than 250,000 pop and classical record entries, thanks to a new partnership with (All Music Guide) and Rovi.
A few examples:
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New things you'll find include:

• Additional descriptions
• Genres and styles
• Release dates
• Tracks
• AMG top track picks (for pop music)
• Ratings and reviews (for pop music)
• Cover art

It means you'll know more about the music you're looking at, before you even listen to it. Plus you'll also get recommendations and may even gain insight into additional music you might like.

Cover albums above are:

Happy discovering and listening!

214163_wc_kit_spread_sm.jpgYou may have already seen a few new posters or bookmarks at your library. Simple and color-saturated, if you're really dedicated you can download a desktop background and show your library support all on your own!

If you live in town and want to do some "guerilla marketing" on behalf of your library, you can print off the posters or ads, for example, and hang them in bus shelter stops, at coffee shops and other community gathering places. It's all free, fun and brings a breath of fresh air to promoting WorldCat in person.

bookmark_spread.jpgWhat are your reading plans for the summer? Before you head out for vacation or on holiday, remember that your library and WorldCat can help. You can do things like:

• Make a list of the books you'd like to read this summer (Here are Nancy Pearl's picks from last summer!)
• Write reviews of and rate the titles you've recently read
• Read other people's reviews of the books you're interested in
• Share your recent reads on WorldCat's Facebook Page

If you have high school age kids, remember that WorldCat gives them an easy way to track their summer reading lists and make notes about what they've read. They'll wow their teacher in the fall! Many school and public libraries put out summer reading lists on WorldCat. Here's an example of such a list...find your school's list on then share it with all of us!

bostonmarathon2010.jpgIf anyone else is like me, I always get inspired in the springtime (okay, it's springtime here in the northern hemisphere...) to lace up the running shoes and pound the pavement. Especially on days like the Boston Marathon--which is today.

But being eager to go for that first spring jog and completing 26.2 miles are two different propositions altogether. So most of us turn to an expert for some advice when contemplating some serious training. Lots of people I know who weren't runners *before,* joined a marathon training group and found the whole process fairly smooth. (I won't say easy, but smooth.) Others went out and "just did it" after reading a book. I'd say I plan a combination approach, when I'm ready to take on the challenge. Whatever your style, these lists from WorldCat users are sure to help:

"Things to Check Out (marathon training)" from mhill16
"Marathon books" from Michelle Williams
"Running" by jlh830
"Distance running" by nilgesc
"running" by tgorden

Of course, materials abound on the Boston Marathon itself in WorldCat. Celebrate the runners in your life, and go for a jog this afternoon. Perhaps down to your local library!

catcherintheryecover.jpgNow it's even easier to guess a WorldCat link, because the title of the work is now included in the URL. This change makes URLs more intuitive, mashable and search engine-friendly. For example, the previous permalink URL for Catcher in the Rye by J.S. Salinger was Now, the permalink URL will be Title-only URLs, i.e., will also work.

If you've already set up links to your favorite resources, never fear. All those links will also continue to work.

TH_PR_080812profguidelogo.jpgWe're always excited when a mainstream news outlet talks about using the library and features all the latest ways to access the great content available through libraries.

The popular Professors' Guide blog reminded their readers last week to use e-resources, (tip #3!), ILL and living, breathing reference librarians in their post, Writing a Paper? Try these 7 Research Tips.

You may remember that the Professors Guide featured ways to get more out of your college library last March (2009), so it's definitely one to watch if you have rising high school seniors or first year undergraduates in your midst!

nytfirstlook.jpgWe were tickled pink on Monday evening to see the New York Times FirstLook blog was featuring a mashup made from the NYT Best Sellers API and links. Built by Wade Guidry of the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound, the mashup uses Yahoo Pipes, to let Puget Sound library users find New York Times Best sellers for hardcover nonfiction, paperback nonfiction, and hardcover fiction via RSS feeds. It makes a lot of sense, if you're looking to see what the rest of the U.S. thinks is worth reading--from titles available at your library.

A nice touch in their catalog, too, is the library map display. So when you find an item you're interested in, it shows you the handy schematic of where you find it in the library building. I know all too well the woes of wandering all over, looking at call numbers on shelves in an unfamiliar library location.

While we won't be able to include that level of granularity on for a long time (!) Wade's mashup shows how putting two things together, with a little developer elbow grease, can really create a super useful tool that more than doubles the value. (Of course, since he's a WorldCat Mashathon alumni, would we expect anything less?)

A new WorldCat API available to all


Now anyone and everyone can create apps and mash-ups using library data from WorldCat, because the WorldCat Basic API is here!

This new API is a simple interface to WorldCat. It's envisioned to be most useful for lightweight or mobile apps, developed by people outside the library space. Still, anyone is welcome to build noncommercial services with it. [Commercial services are also welcome, but they must go through the WorldCat partnership team to gain access.]

It supports up to 1,000/queries per day in OpenSearch and retrieves results in RSS or Atom. It also provides:

  • Information about books, videos, music and more in WorldCat

  • Information about authors, titles, ISBNs and OCLC numbers

  • Standard bibliographic citation formats in HTML (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian)

  • A link back to for geographically-sorted library information

  • An easy way to include library results in comparison-shopping Web sites, mobile or Facebook apps

To gain access to the WorldCat Basic API, select the WorldCat Basic API on the WorldCat Affiliates Tools page. Sign in with your WorldCat Affiliates account and then you'll be taken to a specific site where your individual WS Key will be auto-generated. If you already have a WorldCat Search API WSKey, then you do NOT need a WorldCat Basic API WSKey.

By making the collective library data in WorldCat as accessible as possible to ALL developers, we hope to generate more awareness and traffic to libraries in general. Which is really good for everybody, isn't it?

Happy coding! We'll be excited to see what new and interesting apps and mashups you create!

We've just incorporated WorldCat Identities into navigation proper, rather than having to satellite out to a listing and then find your own way back. You can get to a WorldCat Identities page from the "Find more information about" drop-down in the Details section of a detailed record:
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WorldCat Identities is one of those fun things we like to play around with, here at OCLC. It showcases things you don't find many other places--like you can see the most widely held works by a writer, or how one fictional character is related to another one, or get a visual for publication timelines, or audience recommendation levels, or, or, or...there's a lot of good stuff there.

In fact, here's our own Andy Havens talking about WorldCat Identities:

So who's your favorite WorldCat Identity? Tell the world, in your comments. Or tweet it with the tag #wcid

Updated note:The Barack Obama Identities page linked to above does not list the subject headings with him as President. It turns out, WorldCat Identities reflects a writer or a character's bibliographic footprint. Everything on an Identities page is actually pulled from a bibliographic record in WorldCat. So WorldCat needs people to write more items (and have libraries acquire them) about Obama now that he is the POTUS, and the Identities page will update accordingly.

If you've already visited this week, you might have already noticed the redesigned detailed display. The new design helps you locate and get an item more quickly, and puts social actions and evaluative content right up top--so you can tell fairly quickly if an item is the resource you want. My personal favorite thing is the new larger, persistent search box at the top.

In addition, the "More like this" box helps you find related content that is lower down in the page. In fact, we've now aggregated all the information about an item onto a single page instead of hiding it under several tabs, making it much easier to see everything about an item without making multiple clicks.

One note: there were a few minor issues that surfaced during this major redesign. We're working to resolve these few small things as fast as we can.

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A very long time ago (2005! gasp!), I wished for all the library content in the world to fit in your pocket. We're a whole lot closer to that now, with the launch of the new WorldCat mobile pilot. The six month-long pilot will gather data to help inform future WorldCat mobile efforts, and is currently available to people in the US and Canada.

To download the application, go to on your mobile phone's Web browser.

The current mobile pilot complements the recently released experimental iPhone app for WorldCat, built from the WorldCat Search API.

Once you've used on your mobile phone, please give us your feedback with details of your experience and/or suggested enhancements.

This pilot was developed through a partnership with the mobile technology organization Boopsie. You, too, can partner with WorldCat by linking in.

Wondering if your phone will work? Here's a list of supported devices, which include iPhones, Blackberries, Nokias and more.

OCLC apologizes for poor response time on during November 19 and 20. The OCLC servers that run and WorldCat Local were attacked by processes initiated from nearly 2,000 IP addresses that proved to be registered to a single source. Our investigation revealed that these attacks seriously degraded response time for and WorldCat Local users. OCLC blocked the attacks and response times returned to normal.

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The WorldCat team is working on developing appropriate merchandise such as WorldCat t-shirts, mugs, etc.--so that you can show the world how much you love finding things online in libraries. It's a project in process, but you can start to see the results in Flickr. Bob and I had some fun at a recent library conference in California with Goofy Lost and Found. We're definitely still working out the kinks at this point, but we've started a WorldCat group pool--and we'd love to have you join us.

If YOU have a penchant for t-shirt design and have a cool idea you think might be worthy of WorldCat wear, let us know! We always love seeing clever creativity connected to our favorite online library catalog.