Jason Puckett With great power comes great bibliography.


ALA session attended: Beyond the Nextgen catalog

Beyond the nextgen library catalog: Worldcat.org and worldcat open


objectives of Worldcat Open:

-- deliver library capacity at point of user's need in a manner that users want and understand it – move libraries into the space (google and yahoo) where users are

-- encourage users to participate in network and community of libraries

-- global reach


Open Worldcat:

-- place worldcat data into google/yahoo search results

-- “bring the library to the user”

-- but users had no way to go directly into worldcat and search for themselves.... build a home search interface for users to enter/bookmark



-- home-grown search interface that works like familiar popular web sites

-- easily syndicated data that can be searched from other opacs/engines

-- 190% increase in use from the open web to worldcat.org in one year

-- almost 500% increase of clickthroughs to libraries in one year


Before: results generated bibliographic data, required user to enter location info

Now: worldcat extrapolates geographic location from IP address and auto-displays local library information and still allows user to specify location


Cite This Item: auto-generates citation for items in five different styles

-- future capability for marking items and generating complete bibliography, exporting to endnote/refworks/etc.


Article citations from Article First, ERIC, GPO, Medline (with deduping)

Resolution to full text for IP-authenticated users or OpenURL resolver



-- in one week, over 2000 lists created

-- the first social/collaborative feature of more planned


Upcoming features:

-- institution search (registry: http://www.worldcat.org/registry/Institutions) collecting all known info about the library's resources to connect users more easily

-- identities integration (http://orlabs.oclc.org/Identities) gives users e.g. All works by, about or including Mark Twain, Robin Hood, or any other identity real or fictional.

-- Language sensitive relevancy: improves relevancy of results based on user's language. Senses browser's language settings (probably IP address too?), language/encoding of search text

-- Social functionality: lists are the first of many


Building on all this

-- users have the same search expectations at the library as on the web, and are frustrated when it is not as easy.

-- Local systems: awkward discovery experience, materials in multiple locations/database, limited scope


WorldCat Local


New “discovery to delivery service”

-- built and maintained on worldcat.org (discovery platform)

-- configured to interoperate with existing local systems

-- access to worldcat database and locally held collections: article citations, ebooks, local databases.


Aggregate services around users, not librarians

-- discover resources, services, expertise

-- deliver needed items to users – wherever they are

-- share and collaborate expertise, recommendations, experiences


worldcat.org search box can be added to any web page with small html snippet


Configurable options

-- library branding: interface and search box, keep the user feeling as though they have not left their library's site (Example: U Washington)

-- relevancy ranking elevates local holdings in search results, including the ability to include consortium/group members

-- interoperability with ILS, resource sharing and OpenURL resolvers

-- metadata included in local search

-- configurable custom URL (e.g. Uwashington.worldcat.org)

-- custom links/content

-- discovery of content all in one place


Local integration

-- circ requests/holds, consortial borrowing systems

-- interoperability with ILL and OpenURL resolver: “request item” or “check for online access” (for articles) button appears in item record view

-- remote users can locate nearest resources via worldcat location information

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