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Wow! WorldCat Just Got Slick

I’m so excited I could just about dance, but then I’d just end up scaring the teenagers that have come into the library to escape the rain. (Seriously, it’s raining here! This is a first in weeks and weeks… I wish I weren’t a librarian so I could have an excuse for not looking up exactly how many weeks, but I’m more excited about WorldCat than the rain, so I guess I am a librarian after all. Just a lazy one.)

Anyway, WorldCat is cool. It always has been, but now it just turned up the coolness factor to 11 (anyone seen “Spinal Tap”?). Here’s what’s been released on the Information Today site.

The new WorldCat.org site will be considered a beta release. Adjustments in design and function will be made as feedback is provided by end users and OCLC member libraries. Nilges detailed a long list of planned enhancements that he said would be introduced on an ongoing basis over the next 6-9 months. The enhancements include the following:

  • Post search support, such as “Did you mean?”
  • Results sorting
  • ““Get it” after a user finds it —this will focus on improving interoperability with circulation systems
  • Identify public domain content and enable click-throughs
  • Click through to Open URL resolvers
  • Add article-level metadata
  • Expand social networking capabilities
  • Create custom views
  • Wow! Article-level metadata? Social networking? Custom views? Sounds like exactly what a bunch of others and I have been dreaming about for quite some time now. I just hope it doesn’t take them the whole 6-9 months to get these enhancements off the ground and onto my browser.