What in the WorldCat?

#wtworldcat

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

November

Save a Turkey - Eat Bugs Instead!

Top 10 Bug Cookbooks

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, there's plenty more to feast on than turkey. Tired of turkey? Eat bugs instead! #wtworldcat #eatbugs

October

5 Lists for Halloween: Monsters Battle to Rule Libraries

5 Lists for Halloween: Monsters Battle to Rule Libraries

In celebration of Halloween, we featured a different monster list each week, followed by a battle at the end of the month to reveal which monster rules libraries!  #wtworldcat

September

Top 10 Scottish Works

Top 10 Scottish Works

The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September 2014, when millions of Scots will vote on whether they want their country to become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom. In recognition of this historic event, we're sharing this list of Top 10 most widely-held Scottish works in libraries. #Scottish #indyref #wtworldcat

Top 10 Pirate Movies

Treasure Aisles: 5 Lists for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Friday, 19 September is—as every scurvy dog knows—International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Of course we love the holiday itself. How can you not? But as we prepared to do a #talklikeapirateday #wtworldcat list, we realized that pirates actually lead to a rich trove of library booty. They're not just a favorite fictional topic, they have real historic and cultural significance. And so, since we couldn't pick just one thing about pirates to turn into a list, we choose to fire a full broadside of five lists! Arrrr! Avast, etc.! A list of lists! A week's worth of pirate lists to lead you on a quest for library gold! We hope you'll enjoy this treasure trove of pirate resources!

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

Alien Abduction Image

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

Love Stories Image

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.