WorldCat Local, when it arrives as a 'production' service, could be a
solution if all the libraries are OCLC subscribers - no problem if you
are, a fairly large hurdle if you are not.
Effectively what you are looking for is a store of records which the
group of libraries can easily contribute in to, with a Search Interface
on the front. - The traditional Union Catalogue except, as I detect
from the LibraryThing suggestion, without the traditional costs of
creating a consortium, hosting hardware & Software, and then maintaining
The Personal Library service that LibraryThing provides could help with
some of this, but I don't believe was designed to achieve what you are
You may want to take a look at the possibilities provided by the Talis
Platform [ www.talis.com/platform ]. Libraries freely contributing data
to the Platform have enabled the free UK catalogue service demonstrated
by the Talis Project Cenote [ http://cenote.talis.com ]
Considering this approach may have several benefits for the requirement
as described. Firstly experimentation with the Platform services is
free. Secondly, the Cenote example interface is available as Open
Source Software [http://www.talis.com/tdn/node/1718] so that you can see
how simple it would be to construct. Talking of seeing, the 'The 20
Minute Union Catalogue' video
[http://www.talis.com/tdn/20minuteunion_video] is an interesting watch
on the subject. Finally, as the Talis Platform services are provided as
a service, any eventual solution would not attract the traditional
hardware and running costs of a Union catalogue.
If you want to find out anything further, please let me know.
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> David Kane
> Sent: 26 April 2007 11:59
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> Subject: Re: LibraryThing
> Hi Nickie,
> If you are interested in LibraryThing, then you could do
> worse than go to our conference in June
> (http://www.millennium-users.org/) Tim's coming over to
> Ireland in June to speak to us.
> I don't think that LibraryThing offers the alternative
> catalogue that you seek though I would *love* it if they did.
> OCLC piloting a product now called WorldCat Local
> (http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200659.htm), which might
> be what you are looking for though.
> We'll be discussing union catalogues at our conference as we
> are considering this route for our libraries.
> All the best,
> David Kane
> Waterford Institute of Technology
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> >>> "Roome, Nickie (CIO-IMD)" <[log in to unmask]> 04/26/07
> 11:11 AM >>>
> cross-posted, so apologies if you see this more than once.
> My line manager has discovered LibraryThing -
> http://www.librarything.com and is interested in exploring
> its potential as a union catalogue for various libraries
> affiliated to the one in which I work. The affiliations are
> loose and we can't use z39.50 to browse each other's
> catalogues, nor can we all see each other's catalogues via
> the internet.
> Does anyone have any knowledge or experience of LibraryThing
> - and are there any viable alternatives that offer a similar service?
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