[mtx-ref] Announcing the release of the new WorldCat.org Web site

Christine Kline kline119 at umn.edu
Thu Aug 10 08:53:14 CDT 2006

***This message is cross-posted. Please excuse the duplication.***


 A message from our friends at OCLC.


Announcing the release of the new WorldCat.org <http://worldcat.org/>  Web


This site-and a downloadable WorldCat search box you can easily add to your
Web site-opens the complete WorldCat database to the public, not just the
smaller data subsets utilized by Open WorldCat partner sites such as Google,
Yahoo! Search and others. WorldCat.org builds on the success of OCLC's Open
WorldCat Program that has elevated the visibility of library materials on
the open Web since the summer of 2003.


The main attraction of the new site is the WorldCat search box. Web users
can now search the entire WorldCat database with the method most familiar to
them: simple keywords. As in Open WorldCat, each linked result leads to a
"Find in a Library" information page. >From there, users can enter
geographic information such as a zip or postal code, receive a list of
nearby libraries that own the item, and link right to a library's online
catalog record to initiate circulation activity or access electronic content
directly. Users can also create their own WorldCat account and add book
reviews, table-of-contents information and notes to many WorldCat items,
helping to personalize their library search experience. 


>From WorldCat.org, any Web user or organization can also easily download and
install the free, WorldCat search box to their personal or commercial Web
page, allowing even more people to discover library content through
WorldCat. Libraries and other groups inside and outside the OCLC cooperative
are encouraged to add the box to their sites. We believe that sharing the
ability to search for library materials to as many other sites as possible
will help increase the awareness of libraries as primary sources of reliable
information and helpful personal assistance. 


To try the new WorldCat search box and download the box to your own Web
site, visit the site at http://worldcat.org <http://worldcat.org/> . 


Questions?  Contact your OCLC representative or regional service
<http://www.oclc.org/contacts/regional/default.htm>  provider for additional


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Christine Kline

Electronic Resources Librarian

MINITEX Library Information Network

University of Minnesota

15 Andersen Library

222 21st Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0439


Phone: 612 624-2925

Toll Free: 800 462-5348

Fax: 612 625-3569

Email: kline119 at umn.edu



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