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This is a slideshow from a group presentation I did that analyzed WorldCat in terms of its strengths and weaknesses for information retrieval.

This is a slideshow from a group presentation I did that analyzed WorldCat in terms of its strengths and weaknesses for information retrieval.



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  • WorldCat Connecting the World’s Libraries Rynnel Fischer Caitlin Horrall Valerie MacMillan
  • WorldCat HistoryFounded in 1967 by OCLCTo create shared union catalogueLaunched in 1971Libraries used pre-existing cataloguing records or created new ones to be sharedNamed WorldCat in 1996Not-for-profit with membership fees
  • WorldCat on the WebOnline search at WorldCat.org launched in 2006Moved from bibliographic database to globally networked information resourceIncludes: books, ebooks, audio books dvds, cds articles, links to full text games, images, maps archival material
  • WorldCat Today72,000 libraries 1.9 billion holdingsIncludes 44 national libraries (LAC and BANQ) 470 languages and dialectsA new record is created fromevery 10 seconds 170 countries
  • WorldCat FeaturesOpens local collections to the worldIntegrates with Google and YahooSupports multiple languagesOffers collection analysisProvides some social web functions, e.g. reviews / ratings widgets and plugins for browsers, blogs, sites personalized lists, profiles
  • WorldCat Resource DiscoverySearch (localized by postal code or IP) Relevancy ranking Faceted refinement and subject links Additional content (cover art, reviews, article references etc)Explore author/creative principle associations via WorldCat IdentitiesObtain or export bibliographic citationsRead reviews from WorldCat, GoodReads, Amazon etc
  • WorldCat IndexingKeywordsFolksonomiesControlled vocabularies - mostly LCSH“Terminologies Service” offers multiple thesauri free. Vocabularies include: LCSH FAST Thesaurus for graphic materials Māori Subject Headings
  • WorldCat Research and InnovationDeveloper NetworkNew technologies using WorldCat data like: WorldCat Identities WorldCat Genre FictionFinder Audience Level Metadata Crosswalk
  • What’s next in WorldCatMoving from providing access to data to selling servicesLinked data – starting to offer some datasetsFirst step is sharing, next step could be online delivery and circulation?
  • Initial Interface
  • Advanced Search Interface
  • Users are able to refine and customize searches
  • Example Bibliographic Record
  • WorldCat provides users with handy citation tools
  • WorldCat allows users to search and find items in local libraries and favoriting
  • Allows direct access to library OPACS
  • Subject Headings and user tags
  • More advanced searching capabilities
  • Search results . . . good, but not great
  • Identities search for “Paddington Bear”
  • Related Identities and Associated Subjects for Paddington Bear 2/2
  • WorldCat Genre – great access point for those interested in browsing aspecific genre of book or movie
  • StrengthsResponds to user needs for simplified searching Encourages them to use it More emphasis on research in wider world of electronic information Link from Google Books to WorldCat to holdings of individual libraries Good advanced search function (limit by type of material, language, publication date, etc.)
  • Strengths (contd) Facilitates ILL by making collections of other libraries accessible Beneficial for collection analysis  Download list of titles to Excel  Facilitates creation of collection development policies High standards for cataloguing Extensive search results  But might also be considered weakness if people do not check relevancy?
  • Weaknesses Some librarians consider such systems to be obstacle for acquiring information literacy skills  Relevancy of searches, ease of searching Serials often not included High standards for cataloguing but perhaps more flexibility needed  Encompass records from many sources  Allow for creation of more records Make better use of automation for updates
  • Suggestion Tiered approach for standards (Turner, 2009, 275)  Basic rules for all records with more detailed rules being “best practices”