As the world’s largest bibliographic database, OCLC’s WorldCat is well known for its uses in cataloging and interlibrary loans. Less well known is its usefulness and versatility in making day-to-day decisions about collection development. The FirstSearch interface, available throughout Kentucky, is a user-friendly and useful interface for identifying relevant materials for a library’s collection. The prepublication records are helpful as an “early warning” for new publications. Other uses include the identification of state- and subject-specific materials. Also, the links and holdings records can help evaluate appropriateness for particular types of libraries and identify materials of interest. Furthermore, the inclusion of non-traditional features, such as color graphics and links to non-library databases, will expand the future usefulness of WorldCat.
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Recommended Repository Citation
Watwood, Carol. (2004). Building Kentucky Collections with WorldCat. Kentucky Libraries, 68 (3).
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