WorldCat HistoryFounded in 1967 by OCLCTo create shared union catalogueLaunched in 1971Libraries used pre-existing cataloguing records or created new ones to be sharedNamed WorldCat in 1996Not-for-profit with membership fees
WorldCat on the WebOnline search at WorldCat.org launched in 2006Moved from bibliographic database to globally networked information resourceIncludes: 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 FeaturesOpens local collections to the worldIntegrates with Google and YahooSupports multiple languagesOffers collection analysisProvides some social web functions, e.g. reviews / ratings widgets and plugins for browsers, blogs, sites personalized lists, profiles
WorldCat Resource DiscoverySearch (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 IdentitiesObtain or export bibliographic citationsRead reviews from WorldCat, GoodReads, Amazon etc
WorldCat Research and InnovationDeveloper NetworkNew technologies using WorldCat data like: WorldCat Identities WorldCat Genre FictionFinder Audience Level Metadata Crosswalk
What’s next in WorldCatMoving from providing access to data to selling servicesLinked data – starting to offer some datasetsFirst step is sharing, next step could be online delivery and circulation?
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
StrengthsResponds 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”