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This page provides an overview of 23 articles related to 'worldcat', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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WorldCat is a union catalog which itemizes the collections of 71,000 libraries in 112 countries which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries. Created in 1971, it contains more than 150 million different records pointing to over 1.4 billion physical and digital assets in more than 470 languages. It is the world's largest bibliographic database. OCLC makes WorldCat itself available free to libraries, but the catalog is the foundation for other fee-based OCLC services (such as resource sharing and collection management). WorldCat was founded by Fred Kilgour in 1967. In 2003, OCLC began the "Open WorldCat" pilot program, making abbreviated records from a subset of WorldCat available to partner Web sites and booksellers, to increase the accessibility of its member libraries' collections. In 2006, it became possible to search WorldCat directly at its website. In 2007, WorldCat Identities began providing pages for 20 million "identities", predominantly authors and persons who are the subjects of published titles. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: WorldCat)

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Metadata related to 'worldcat' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'worldcat': 23 (1.3% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'worldcat' across all Ariadne articles: 83
  • Average number of references to 'worldcat' per Ariadne article: 3.61
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'worldcat': 2002-10
  • Trending factor of 'worldcat': 0 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'worldcat':

  1. john maccoll (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. lynn silipigni connaway (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. shirley hyatt (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. janifer gatenby (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. lorcan dempsey (see articles on this topic by this author)

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The Performance-based Funding Model: Creating New Research Databases in Sweden and Norway

Leif Eriksson describes how the introduction of Performance-based Research Funding Systems (PRFS) has created new forms of research databases in Sweden and Norway.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

Improving Evaluation of Resources through Injected Feedback Surveys

Terry Reese suggests a novel approach for providing intercept survey functionality for librarians looking to simplify the gathering of user feedback for library-provided materials.

July 2013, issue71, tooled up

JABES 2013

Marlène Delhaye reports on the two-day annual conference organised by the French Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Supérieur (ABES) held in Montpellier, France over 14-15 May 2013.

July 2013, issue71, event report

EMTACL12 (Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries)

Sarah Rayner and Olivia Walsby report on a three-day conference on Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries, hosted by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, Norway over 1 - 3 October 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

Online Information 2012

Marieke Guy reports on the largest gathering of information professionals in Europe.

November 2012, issue70, event report

Adapting VuFind as a Front-end to a Commercial Discovery System

Graham Seaman describes the adaptation of an open source discovery tool, VuFind, to local needs, discusses the decisions which needed to be made in the process, and considers the implications of this process for future library discovery systems.

March 2012, issue68, tooled up

Usability Inspection of Digital Libraries

Lorraine Paterson and Boon Low highlight findings from the usability inspection report conducted for the UX2.0 research project.

April 2010, issue63, feature article

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2010, issue63, news and events

The Networked Library Service Layer: Sharing Data for More Effective Management and Cooperation

Janifer Gatenby identifies criteria for determining which data in various library systems could be more beneficially shared and managed at a network level.

July 2008, issue56, feature article

Implementing Ex Libris's PRIMO at the University of East Anglia

Nick Lewis outlines the University of East Anglia's experience of implementing Ex Libris's Primo, a new search and retrieval interface for presenting the library catalogue and institutional databases and e-resources.

April 2008, issue55, feature article

Research Libraries and the Power of the Co-operative

John MacColl considers the 'co-operative imperative' upon research libraries, and describes the work which the former Research Libraries Group is undertaking as part of OCLC.

April 2008, issue55, feature article

Web 2.0 in U.S. LIS Schools: Are They Missing the Boat?

Noa Aharony asks whether library and information science schools in the United States are underestimating the opportunities offered by Web 2.0 applications.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

MCN 2007: Building Content, Building Community - 40 Years of Museum Information and Technology

Guenter Waibel and Jean Godby report on the Museum Computer Network annual meeting, held 7-10 November, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

January 2008, issue54, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

July 2007, issue52, news and events

The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland

John MacColl reviews the first two volumes of this very substantial three-part work, covering the periods to 1640 and 1640-1850.

July 2007, issue52, review

Wiki Or Won't He? A Tale of Public Sector Wikis

Marieke Guy revisits a topic receiving considerable attention these days and reflects on wiki use by public organisations.

October 2006, issue49, feature article

The Library Catalogue in the New Discovery Environment: Some Thoughts

Lorcan Dempsey explores how the library catalogue will develop alongside evolving network discovery systems.

July 2006, issue48, feature article

The (Digital) Library Environment: Ten Years After

Lorcan Dempsey considers how the digital library environment has changed in the ten years since Ariadne was first published.

February 2006, issue46, feature article

Hyper Clumps, Mini Clumps and National Catalogues: Resource Discovery for the 21st Century

John Gilby reports on a one-day conference about resource discovery, held at the British Library Conference Centre, London in November.

January 2005, issue42, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

October 2004, issue41, news and events

The Future of Cataloguing: Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference

Paola Stillone reports on a three-day annual conference of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG), held at the University of Bath, 30 June - 2 July.

July 2004, issue40, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 33: Exploring the Information Environment

Philip Hunter with the editorial for Ariadne 33.

October 2002, issue33, editorial

Utilizing E-books to Enhance Digital Library Offerings

Shirley Hyatt and Lynn Silipigni Connaway, describe the rationale and background of OCLC's acquisition of netLibrary, the information environment that is being pursued, and the resulting benefits that libraries may experience.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

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