What in the WorldCat?
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!
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! Check back here every day this week for a new pirate list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.