Many libraries across the state have taken advantage of Tenn-Share’s low-cost subscription to OCLC’s FirstSearch WorldCat, which is good news for ALL of us! See below for
The WorldCat subscription renews on June 1st. The subscription consists of the following:
New WorldCat.org features and information:
25 Reasons to Choose WorldCat
Promoting WorldCat in your library and your library in WorldCat
If you have questions, or if your library would like to become a subscriber, please contact Jenifer Grady.
Some other possibilities for future group purchases:
Also check out the Cataloging Partners program, which works with materials vendors to reduce cataloging costs. The Basic level is FREE!
We now have a freely-available combined search to all the institutions subscribing to WorldCat, which include all TBR universities and community colleges (except Walters State), all the UT campuses (except Health Sciences in Memphis), the majority of private academics, plus several public and school libraries. See below for a list.
Want to create a search box for your own library website, focused on your local area? Follow the easy directions below!
Explore the links on the WorldCat homepage for other widgets, apps, badges, and plug-ins.
Why subscribe? Thoughts from Kyle Cook, Nashville Public Library:
My feeling is that WorldCat Local is the web search most adapted to the modern web environment. I could list dozens of features I love, but here are three:
1. Next Generation Discovery
WorldCat Local is a search platform on par with Encore, EBSCO Discovery, Bibliocommons, Primo Central. Using WorldCat's exhaustive bibliographic data, you can endlessly limit searches by format, publication dates, authors. Using FRBR, WorldCat Local automatically consolidates editions of a work.
These features are all included FREE in the WorldCat Local Quickstart. WorldCat Local Quickstart must be set up by your institution, but it is not difficult. Nashville Public Library is at http://npl.worldcat.org (if you'd like help setting up WCLocal, contact Kyle at 615-862-5804 x6072 or kyle.cook (at) nashville.gov)
2. Comprehensive Search
Offers a search of all library items worldwide. Confirm the title/author of a work, even when the library does not own it. Provides you with a worldwide selection of books available on a topic.
3. Web-scale Holdings exposure
Library OPAC listings have HTML interfaces, but they are still just local databases, an automated card catalog, not accessible from the WWW. Basically, WorldCat puts your library materials on the web.
WorldCat is heavily indexed by Google, Google Books, Yahoo!, Bing, Wikipedia, and academic web references. The combination of all libraries referencing the same work on a single web page gives that page good visibility on the world wide web. WorldCat URLs are shared with Twitter and Facebook constantly, these automatically redirect users to their local libraries using geo-location. WorldCat then shows users local library holdings and real-time availability.
I could easily keep going with this list: Mobile Web compatibility, Foreign Language catalogs, social sharing features, list-making...