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WKU Libraries testing WorldCat Local

Until June 1, WKU Libraries is testing a new library service that will offer students, faculty and staff another way to locate and retrieve items within its collections — WorldCat Local, developed by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio).

Library users will access the service through a new search box on the library web site or here. A survey is linked to gain feedback within this limited time. We value your anonymous responses, whether faculty, staff, students, or anyone else in our user community. The trial ends June 1.

You can conduct a search using the new search box and find items that are available locally; WKU collections appear at the top of the search results; then the results extend beyond WKU to help users find resources in other WorldCat libraries, or select from the pull-down box to search only WKU libraries via the WorldCat Local system.

Students will discover the ‘Cite this item’ feature that formats citations in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. Users can also export items for inclusion in bibliographies. Social software features allow users to add personal reviews and ratings of library materials.

WorldCat Local also provides many levels of selection for formats, years, and other “faceted” choices on the left side of the results page, as well as other exciting features. WKU Libraries is hoping everyone will test it out and complete the brief survey.

Contact: Connie Foster, Department Head for Library Technical Services, at (270) 745-6151 or connie.foster@wku.edu.

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