Thursday, July 08, 2004

Worldcat Turbo

In a new pilot program, Yahoo and Google both have the capability to search OCLC's WorldCat for books in libraries. In a limited test of 2 million titles (those held by more than 100 libraries), users can use the search engine to search for information. The search engine returns an entry "Find in a Library:" with the title of a book. Clicking on the link brings up WorldCat's list of libraries holding the item (you supply the geography you're interested in). If you click on the "i" button, you'll get library hours/basic information; if you click on the library name, you'll be taken to the item listing or the library catalog.

To search for these items, enter "worldcat" and then the title or keyword of the sought item. Results don't always come to the top, and some items aren't yet offered, but these are minor complaints.

The power and convenience of this technology is breathtaking. I can't wait for the entire 54 million record collection to be included.

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