Results tagged “widgets” from WorldCat Blog

This quick but uber-helpful walkthrough comes to us from the LibraryTechTalk blog, a team blog from the Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University. David, one of the Emerging Technologies Librarians on staff, put together a few simple steps that outline how to create a WorldCat list and then how to get that list onto your WorldCat list widget.
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So go check it out and get busy making your lists and widgetizing them!

We now have a WorldCat list widget available - you can see it in action here on the right hand side of the WorldCat Blog. You can customize the widget to display items on your public WorldCat list - just copy the HTML code in to your website and include the 'List ID' for your list.

Tips for using the list widget:
+ Make sure the privacy setting for your list is set to 'Public' ('Private' lists will not display in the widget). You can check your privacy settings in the 'Settings' area when logged in to WorldCat.org and viewing a list - the link is on the top left, just under your avatar picture (see image below).

+ This List ID is the 5 digit number at the end of the URL string when you are viewing your list.

+ WorldCat Local users can customize the list widget to their domain - see the instructions in the 'Notes' section at the bottom of the widget page.

+ First time working with a WorldCat Affiliate tool? you can log in with your standard WorldCat username and password. You may be prompted for some additional affiliate information.

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4/29 at 12:56 EST: updated "WorldCat list widget" link

Here's a roundup of the latest enhancements to WorldCat.org. You may have already noticed a few of them, as you've been using the site lately.


New keyword search widget


The latest WorldCat widget is now ready for your download: Keyword Search. Weighing in at 300 pixels wide, this beauty is perfect for subject-specific Web pages and blogs. You customize it with specific search terms initially, so that relevant materials available through WorldCat.org are automatically displayed to your site visitors. You can play around with it, here.


Save your WorldCat searches

My saved searches.jpgIf you find yourself repeatedly crafting searches around something specific like a hobby or large-print editions, this new feature will be a real time saver. Just do a search and refine your query as usual. Once you have the results set you want, click the "Save this Search" box in the upper right of the results screen. Now you can see at a glance if new materials are available in a WorldCat library.

Cover art now on brief results
Hooray, check it out!


Profile enhancements: popularity tracking

profile views.jpgYou may not think your activities in WorldCat are interesting to anyone else, but now you can know how popular your profile is through a new ticker. Having a robust profile helps people know more about you when they look at one of your lists or reviews.

Get ready for big changes to the site design, look and feel in April. After extensive usability testing, WorldCat.org is getting an extensive update to make it easier and more intuitive to use.

We are continuing to enhance the WorldCat widget library; let visitors to your subject-specific Web page review top results for related library-owned items in a compact widget. Scrollable results include links to the WorldCat.org detailed record for each item.
It's easy to install this widget - just navigate to the WorldCat Affiliate area, copy the code provided and replace "keyword" at the end of the script URL with your desired keyword(s).

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Amazon Joins the Party

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The AllFaceBook blog is reporting two new applications for Facebook both created by Amazon. I've added the Amazon Giver application. I'm just clicking through it now. I'm excited to see this given my experience with Amazon Wish Lists, which I've blogged earlier.

This is a big step for a major e-tailer. Moving out to the social Web introduces some interesting questions for businesses, and for libraries. I've been working through some of these questions myself since we introduced the WorldCat in Facebook application. The socialization of content raises new questions for everyone:


  • How deeply do we allow users to integrate our content into third-party sites

  • Which social platform (or platforms) do we develop for? Facebook? OpenSocial?

  • Do we build on Facebook and Bebo's (AOL!?) implementation of their platform or MySpace's implementation of OpenSocial?

These questions need to be asked in the context of the organizations audience which means that new tools for measuring that audience (and for measuring success) will be needed. How valuable are the page views to your site if most of your content is consumed via RSS? How do you manage usage statistics reported from multiple social networks? What does "engagement" mean for your organization?

The recent Graphing Social Patterns West conference highlighted the shift from measuring impressions to measuring engagement. One of the more interesting AppNite demos at GSP West was developerAnalytics, a Facebook application that measures the virality and engagement of an app as well as revenue generated from the app. This is just an early example of the tools that businesses will need to master as they socialize their content through the Web.

There is a lot to learn in this emerging environment. Here at WorldCat, we are eager to learn. And as we learn, we'll bring web-scale to libraries.

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