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Friday, June 3, 2011

WorldCat Local at Stillwater Public Library by Jay

WorldCat Local is a search engine much like Google, but just for library items and library patrons. This is available to anybody with an internet connection, and it let’s you search for items to read, listen to or watch.

The search can be set for just Stillwater Public Library items or things from all the libraries in the world. There are also ways to refine your searches just for music, or books, or articles in Spanish or DVD’s, and much more.  It will also tell you the call number and location of the item and let you do an Interlibrary Loan request.

Worldcat Local also lets you search for reading lists, most of which have been created by library professionals.  To see some of the lists created just for SPL users, choose “Search for Lists” at the top of the page and enter “Stillwater Public Library.”  You’ll find 3 lists in special topics: Indie Rock, great modern Nonfiction Writing, and Natural History.

Gimme Indie Rock

Great Modern Nonfiction @ SPL

Natural History @ SPL

Our “Gimmie Indie Rock” list has all the 426 albums and books our library has that deal with the subject of indie rock.  You can sort by date, author, title, or the date we added it to the list.  So if you are looking for our library’s newest indie albums or something new and local, this list is a great place to start.

Why use Worldcat Local instead of something like to check for titles?  Because the advanced search is significantly more powerful, resulting in a better search and you can see the libraries that own the item, so you can borrow instead of buy.  It all starts WorldCat Local.

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