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(Revised) From WorldCat Local to WorldCat Social (2.0)


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This is the presentation I made at the Orbis Cascade WorldCat Discovery Days on 7/20/10 highlighting the social tools available in WorldCat Local library catalogs. There is a complementary Resource …

This is the presentation I made at the Orbis Cascade WorldCat Discovery Days on 7/20/10 highlighting the social tools available in WorldCat Local library catalogs. There is a complementary Resource Guide (with how-tos) at

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  • 1. From WorldCat Local to WorldCat Social* WorldCat Discovery Days (Orbis Cascade Alliance) Lorena O’English 7/30/2010 Washington State University Libraries [email_address] ; wsulorena on Twitter *Take 2… http://
  • 2. What are WCL’s Social Tools?
    • Interact with WC content and readers by creating tags (assigning your own index terms) or using tags created by others
    • Interact with WC content and readers by writing or reading reviews
  • 3. Share Resources Directly
    • Sharing via social networking and social bookmarking sites (search results and individual items)
    • (Remember you can
    • also capture the search
    • link URL)
    • Use permalinks to share a URL or embed it in HTML coding
  • 4. The WorldCat User Account Login
  • 5. WorldCat Lists: A Powerful Tool for Social Connection Lists can include any type of resource in WorldCat, including articles. Items can be added to a list from the Results list or the Item page
  • 6. You can use the RSS Feed and Bookmark tools to share a book or list on sites all over the web (or in your own RSS feedreader) Lists can be set to be public or private, and can have a short description Tags are not linked to the original tagger, and can be used to locate similar materials.
  • 7. Using Lists Notes only show up attached to an item in a list.
  • 8. Your Lists? Your Patron’s Lists?
    • New books
    • Resources related to a subject or specific course or assignment
    • Resources related to an event
    • Recommendations
    • Reading lists and bookgroups
    • Help organize found resources for scholarly work
    • … !
  • 9. Finding Lists or Users
  • 10. Using Widgets with Your Lists
    • Graphical displays of content from WorldCat that can be pasted into webpages
    • List widgets - initial lists results; link to full list
    • Search widgets – open search or preset keyword(s)/field search/phrase widgets
    • Code must be customized - make sure resource links take you to your WorldCat Local instance and not (this is important in order to take full advantage of your institution’s resources and services)
  • 11. You must click on the Affiliate Tools link to find widget code. At least for now… (Later note – this is no longer the case: tools are prominently displayed on the homepage)
  • 12. Where Can I Create a widget? Go to (choose the actual and not your library version). Look for the Affiliate Tools link at the bottom of the page…
  • 13. Widget code Code must be personalized for correct WorldCat Local catalog; it cannot be completely customized.
  • 14. Taking it Outdoors
    • Facebook
      • The official application search box
      • Use an app like My HTML to insert a search or list widget on a tab, box or wall (not on a Page)
    • Blogs and other webpages – insert code for a search box, a search/list widget, or an RSS feed (don’t use more than one widget on a page!)
    • iGoogle Gadgets (cannot be customized to your WCL instance, though – API?)
  • 15. WorldCat on Facebook
  • 16. Using a Widget on a Blog
  • 17. Using a List Widget on a LibGuide (Note – I should have put the widget in the central column!)
  • 18. Using a RSS feed on a LibGuide
  • 19. A Social Tool for Lifelong Learning
    • Our students, faculty and staff can take their user accounts, lists, and more with them when they leave our institutions and continue to make use of them at another WorldCat Local institution, or through
  • 20. Oh Yeah…Twitter! Follow WorldCatOrg Do a search on Twitter and retweet it
  • 21. Surrounded… Help info and more links to connecting with WorldCat
  • 22. Resources
    • WorldCat Help Pages
    • Lists: http://
    • User Accounts:
    • Reviews & Ratings:
    • WorldCat YouTube channel - http://
    • Some Resources I’ve Created:
    • WorldCat Social handout (Word doc ; also on Slideshare – needs updating)
    • LibGuide Page