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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.

A couple days ago USA Today published an article about how libraries are adapting to the Internet. The article focused mostly on the availability of computers. A number of patrons were interviewed. One had this to say:

"You should be able to walk into any library and find Internet service ...."

That statement made me cringe a little, but I didn't really know why until later when a co-worker (and co-blogger) referenced Wired magazine's monthly "Expired, Tired and Wired" feature. Then it hit me.

TIRED: Finding Internet service in a library.
WIRED: Finding a library in the Internet

Any suggestion on what has "Expired?"

Thanks to Resource Shelf for pointing out the article.

Hey hey, we are so proud. WorldCat.org made the New York Times and International Herald Tribune today!
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Hooray for libraries making the news. If we all share the story with someone we know, maybe we'll make the "top e-mailed stories" list!

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