Tuesday, August 08, 2006

WorldCat Reaches Out

OCLC's WorldCat has just released its new free access to all the tens of millions of titles in the WorldCat database. Zowie.

The records in this view are abbreviated, you might not be able to use them to solve problems of identifying which edition to borrow by Interlibrary Loan, or puzzle out a publishing history. (For that you will soon be able to access the full WorldCat records from home, through a deal with the State Library.) But my oh my, we have been waiting a long long time to be able to play freely with this database, and here it is. Too bad Dr. Kilgour died before he could see this happen.

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