Friday, 19 September 2014 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! Visit our Treasure Aisles: 5 Lists for International Talk Like a Pirate Day feature every day this week for a new pirate list.
Our first list is Pirate Gold on the Silver Screen: Top 10 Pirate Movies, which features the most widely held pirate movies in WorldCat. For any bibliographic lubbers out there, this means that more libraries own copies of these movies than any others in WorldCat, the largest database of library materials in the world.
At OCLC Research, we're exploring records and mining data from WorldCat to highlight interesting and different views of the world's library collections each month. Be sure to check out our "What in the WorldCat?" page often to see what we come up with next.