Worldcat from OCLC

Reading The Chronicle: Wired Campus blog today I came across the Worldcatglobal library catalog service. I was impressed by the quick response. As an experiment I attempted to see whether Bond’s holdings were part of this effort. I searched for a book on Wikis (Wiki: Web Collaboration, Ebersbach et al, Springer 2006) that I knew was in Bond’s library. Only holdings at ANU, Monash and USA showed up.

The USA entry was also interesting in that it referred to an electronic link to the text. Being a Springer monograph this would be extremely useful in the IT area. I wonder whether our library will eventually have electronic access in this way?


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Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

4 Responses to Worldcat from OCLC

  1. Peta says:

    A long time back, when I used to be in the cataloguing section, we investigated what would be involved in having our library holdings included in OCLC Worldcat. Unfortunately, it would have added time to the processing of new materials and would also have cost us in $$ just to contribute. Since the beginning of the University, the Library has been contributing holdings to the Australian version of WorldCat.

    In Australia, over 800 libraries contribute holdings to LibrariesAustralia. All of the Australian Universities are members of LibrariesAustralia, including Bond. Libraries Australia (previously known as Kinetica, previously known as ABN (The Australian Bibliographic Network) is a lttle-known jewel – a national treasure- and the envy of many librarians overseas. It was started decades ago with cataloguers demonstrating foresight and incredible cooperation to build a resource that has been used for many years to share the task of cataloguing and underpins resource sharing between libraries via interlibrary lending and document delivery.

    Libraries Australia has been collaborating with Google et al, to develop ways for Australian library holdings to be featured on the web much like WorldCat’s holdings.

    I wrote about this here. And I have also tried to develop some collaboration between LibraryThing and Libraries Australia in hopes that LibraryThing will one day have a “Find in an Australian Library” as it already has a “Find in a Library”.

    Now with OAI-PMH and other developments, contributing holdings might be a whole new ball game. My impression is that OCLC has a much more business-like set up than Libraries Australia and that WorldCat contributors have some reservations about the costs of their participation in the scheme. Libraries Australia, I think, has a more club-like feeling – costs being minimised to cost-recovery only.

    And LibrariesAustralia is now free for searching.

  2. Peta says:

    And here is your link to Wiki : web collaboration in Libraries Australia.

    Depending on whether you are on campus (IP or ezproxy access via the library website) or if you are anywhere else in the world you will see a slightly different view. As a Bond user, you will be offered additional information such as ” (at 8 libraries including your library). “

  3. mrees says:

    Thanks for pointing to LibrariesAustralia. I should have recalled that Tony Boston from the NLA, who was a keynote at Ausweb06, spoke about this as his main topic. Details at:

  4. Peta Hopkins says:

    Although I haven’t seen it on the LibrariesAustralia web pages yet, I came across the code for a search box to the service that can be added to web pages. The code is from another of Tony Boston’s recent presentations. If you want to try it out, I have added a search box to inn0vate. And the link to Tony’s presentation is available in this post

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