100 Millionth OCLC WorldCat record

Okay, so this isn’t an idea, but I couldn’t pass it up. The 100 millionth unique bibliographic record for WorldCat is a book called It’s a Horse’s Life . Too cute. There’s a good blog entry about this here, by Thom Hickey.

Do you use OCLC WorldCat? How? As an individual? As a library/institution?

Let me know, I’m interested. 🙂


little libraries

Forgive the few and far between posts. *I’ve been busy*. Or something.

Recent news: I am now an intern at a biotech company’s library. I’ve become a member of the SLA. I’m halfway to having my MLIS. I’m reading The Selfish Gene. And I’ve moved into a house with a few friends.

But there is actually a purpose to my writing this. If you, my few and faithful (?) readers, don’t already know about http://www.librarything.com, you really should. It’s an on-line service, much like flickr or del.icio.us, where you enter the books you own (or keep track of the books you’ve read) and tag them and see what other people are reading and so on and so forth. I’m sure you can imagine lots of different ways you can use it.

So, without further ado, here’s the idea for the day (week, month…):

Use LibraryThing as your OPAC (on-line public access catalog) for your small corporate/non-profit/church/whatever library! I have to admit, I didn’t come up with this idea, another girl in my program did, but I’m at the forefront of implementing it for the Richard Hugo House (a resource for Seattle-area writers). Check out our “catalog” at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/hugohouse. We’re tagging our books with their classification numbers, in the hopes that users will be able to sort them not only by author and title (the standard options LibraryThing provides), but by call number for some sort of subject sorting. We’re not the first group to do this; in fact, LibraryThing has a “professional” version on the back burner, but it’s still pretty exciting and I’m definitely storing this idea for future use.

*As an added bonus, here are some other little tools I’ve been using in the small corporate library I work in:

LibraryThing used as a collection development tool or, rather, a weeding aid. I looked up some management-type books we pulled to see how many people had them and to see if any were worth keeping. I ended up making some recommendations to my boss as a result. Definitely not the only tool to use, but it was helpful. (We’re a biotech company, so our librarians, or “information consultants”, as they’re called, don’t have the subject expertise necessarily to know what the good management books are.)

This one isn’t an idea so much as a note of a fabulous resource that I’ve used a couple times to get some outside help. To meet up with lots of other librarians, to get advice, to see what the latest issues are, go check out The Library Lovers’ LiveJournal.

card games

I’m sure tons of people have been posting about this, but I just think this is too cool. I’m also currently in class, but obviously I have screwy priorities, and I just want to post this before I forget. Superpatron led me to this post from this guy. Virtual catalog cards? That we can write on? Every library that has, ahem, disposed of their card catalogs should jump on this! Also, I haven’t been able to explore Ann Arbor District Library’s site, but I’ve heard good things.

About as far from the A-list as you can get…

This is a brand new blog, created because I wanted to see what I could do with wordpress.com. I’m a new blogger in general, started at Blogger a couple months ago (see http://ultimatelibrarian.blogspot.com), and still haven’t decided what I want to do with my blog (either one). It will probably become a livejournal type thing, where it’s mostly my thoughts and opinions and things on the web that I find (through other blogs, del.ic.ious, random searches, whatever) and that I think are cool and hip and fun etcetera etcetera. I don’t know who will read this, probably just friends and family, if that, and one of my more selfish motivators is the “portfolio” that MLIS students at the University of Washington are required to create. One of the 5 experiences we’re supposed to be able to write about is a “significant technological” one. Learning how to blog shall hopefully be mine, and if all goes according to plan, I’ll have fun doing it and learn more about HTML, XHTML, and CSS as I go.

A tiny bit about me: I’m working on my MLIS at the University of Washington (in case you missed that above). I play ultimate frisbee, hence my name and the title of the blog. I love it, end of story. This blog will not be limited to my interests in these two areas, but it will probably be weighted towards them (blog about what you love and understand, seems intuitive, and it’s the advice given by smart people out there in the blog world). I’m also pretty young (almost 23…one of those crazies who knew she wanted to become a librarian right after undergrad), so forgive any naïveté and/or immaturity. I was a Russian/Mathematics double major at Grinnell College (loved the school, happy to answer any questions), so those interests might sneak in, too. Oh Russia…Did I mention I’m totally into Russian libraries and their crazy classification system? Well, that’s a future post.

So, the title of my (first! wordpress.com, at least) post was inspired by this one over at LibraryStuff. I don’t know Steven, but this post seems like one of those calls for help and vindication. My comments echo those posted over there, and I can’t articulate myself as well as those lovely ladies did (yes, I already read their blogs and recognized their names), but all this talk about the clique of librarian bloggers is just amusing to me. Um, I may be a future librarian, but last time I checked none of my friends are, and I’m constantly sending them links (sadly, none of them have really discovered blogs and aggregators for themselves, despite being cool Seattlites, but I’m working on it) to all of ya’ll’s posts. It’s a tiny step, but, hate to break it to ya, your stuff is getting out there. And as an otherwise outside observer, it looks like outside stuff is getting in. Steven’s not the only one blogging about new Web2.0 toys (although, as an avid reader of Go Flock Yourself, I think that’s all overrated anyway), and there are loads of “librarian” blogs that I go to for news, links for other good blogs outside of the “biblioblogosphere”, and to get a smile (how many non-librarian readers go to The Well-Dressed Librarian? I’d say more then a few; it appeals to other interest groups). Maybe I don’t understand exactly what this “clique” is and what Steven means by it, but I really don’t see it. The whole blog community clique is the bigger worry for me. Worry about who reads your blog and who reads whose blog and then links to them and then maybe recognizes them at a conference, but I’m going to worry about those who aren’t reading blogs, who may also be librarians who could learn a lot about what’s going on in their field, or may not be librarians who don’t even realize that Web2.0 exists (whether it does or not is a question I’m really not interested in, but you know what I mean). Just for example. So get off your soapbox, do something, and don’t post things that make you look egotistical and lonely.

So that’s my first post. Now I get to give it categories! It’s the little things, people.

Happy Holidays.