Thursday, 30 September 2010

LAC Joins WorldCat

Quietly, with no announcement, library catalog data on more than 1,300,000 publications at Library and Archives Canada have been made available through WorldCat.

WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services, lets you search the collections of thousands of libraries around the world. By specifying your location you can identify the nearest source for an item of interest - you don't have to guess which organization might have it, then find and search its catalog individually.

You can access WorldCat through a conventional web browser, mobile browser or an iPhone app.

Interestingly, the recent interim report on LAC's "Exposing Union Catalogue Metadata Via Third Parties" pathfinder project, posted on September 10, makes absolutely no reference to this initiative; LAC again leaves clients in the dark.

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