Another GREAT list-making tool
This was has been right under my nose.
Who would have thought that OCLC’s unassuming Worldcat.org would have a fabulously useful booklist-making tool? I had looked at Worldcat’s website several months ago, before I moved into this job, when our director sent us a link to the site. But since I’ve been recently investigating tools for making booklists, I’ve been checking around for any more possibilities. I actually stumbled upon this function of Worldcat because I was looking for mobile versions of library catalogs, posted by Superpatron (I’m a new fan, Superpatron! You’re awesome!) Now I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about mobile versions of library websites, and I have an e-mail in to the systems librarian at Harris Co. Public Library, because they use Dynix for their regular catalog (we use Sirsi’s iBistro). Take a look at their cool little mobile site, where you can search the catalog, renew your books, see new book titles, and more.
Anyway, back to making a booklist. In my previous posts I’ve been concentrating on the goodness of Goodreads, which is excellent and especially excels in social networking. Worldcat.org is a tool to search the catalogs of libraries everywhere, but they’ve added this function that lets you create an account and make & share lists of books that you create. It’s really easy to use: you just search for a book, click Save to, then choose a list: Book I Recommend, Books I Own, Books to Check Out, or create a new list. You can keep your list private or make it public and share it with others. The best part is, that when you view a book in your list, you can link to your library’s catalog (based on the zip code you enter in your profile) where you can then place a hold on it. Here’s a screenshot: