Guess what? I’m featured as a guest blogger on the Worldcat.org blog! While I have not yet participated in the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy series yet this year, I was particularly interested in the goal of Week 5 – to explore Worldcat.org. As a librarian, I’ve been familiar with Worldcat for many years and since the Worldcat.org site launched have been an avid user. Just as Week 5 was coming to an end I emailed WorldCat to let them know that many genealogists were exploring the site and posting their experiences with it and that they may be interested in this user perspective.
On top of this, I also inquired about WorldCat’s possibility of more extensively linking to books that are available full-text online (for example, through Google Books or the Internet Archive). As a user of WorldCat, I’ve recently seen a potential value as I’ve been closely monitoring books uploaded to Internet Archive. Alice reminded me that they do indeed already have an integration with Google Books and are exploring how to do this with the Internet Archive. Wouldn’t it be great if we could also know of full-text of books from the WorldCat item record? I’ve been very pleased with how responsive WorldCat has been to suggestions & feedback. I think I’ll have to consider this as my post for Week 5 now, even though it’s about two weeks late 🙂