What in the WorldCat?

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At OCLC Research, we're exploring records and mining data from WorldCat, the world's largest library catalog, to highlight interesting and different views of the world's library collections each month. Each new feature is included below to pique your curiosity and showcase some of the unique things that can be gleaned from WorldCat and its data. Be sure to stop back often to see what we come up with next. If you've got a suggestion for something you'd like us to feature, let us know!

2014

August

Top 10 Road Trip Movies in Libraries

Collections of Distinction: Ice Cream Parlors, Gandy Dancers, Ragga and More . . .

This grouping of preeminent collections represents just a sample of the unique resources available in public libraries. These rich and varied collections include a mix of books, pamphlets, photographs, music and more.

July

Top 10 Road Trip Movies in Libraries

Top 10 Road Trip Movies

In celebration of the road trip—a treasured summer tradition—we're featuring the Top 10 Road Trip Movies. Take a look, then take a trip to your local library and check out one or more of these movies for a fun, easy and vicarious way to experience the thrill of the open road.

June

Top 10 Ships in Libraries

Top 10 Ships in Libraries

Adventurers before us would often begin their journey by setting foot on a ship of some kind, so we went looking for the top ships in libraries. From a comprehensive list of 50,000 schooners, barks, whalers, sloops and other vessels, we selected the ships most represented in library collections.

May

Long and Short of Libraries

The Long and the Short of Libraries

Whether you're looking for a novel to keep you busy for a long while or a quick read, check out this month's feature for some of the longest novels ever published and a selection of short stories.

April

Jazz Artists

Top Jazz Artists in Libraries

International Jazz Day is a yearly event on 30 April, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”

March

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Top 10 Alien Abductions in Libraries

Extraterrestrial Abduction Day, also known as Alien Abduction Day, is celebrated on 20 March, and marks a day when some look forward to the possibility of being taken away by little green men.

February

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Top 10 Love Stories in Libraries

Saint Valentine's Day, also known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on 14 February each year.

WorldCat® is the world’s largest and most comprehensive catalog of library resources from around the world, with more than 314 million bibliographic records that represent more than 2 billion items held by participating libraries, including books, movies, music, e-books, licensed databases, online periodicals, digital collections and more. Because of its scale, WorldCat can be used to represent a large part of the scholarly and cultural record.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.