Cataloging the World

CATALOGING THE WORLD….Via Cliopatria, I learned tonight that something called WorldCat is now available to the public. Type in the name of a book and it tells you which libraries you can find it in. Or you can search by author. Very cool.

It works, too. I typed in my father’s name, and it returned his doctoral dissertation, his psychology textbook, and his biography (with my mother) of Carl Dreyer, available in 146 libraries in the United States plus a few in Egypt, Lebanon, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. Plus I also found out that there’s another Dale Drum out there, apparently some kind of economist in the midwest. Who knew?