Happy 40th Birthday, WorldCat!

Last Friday (August 26, 2011) marked the 40th birthday of the awesome, powerful, beautiful search engine known as WorldCat. WorldCat is an online catalog of  all the books, videos and other stuff on the shelves in libraries around the world.

Back the early days (like 2005), WorldCat was a specialized database only available to librarians and hardcore research nerds through the FirstSearch database. Then something magical happened. OCLC turned WorldCat into an open webpage searchable by anyone in the world with integration to Google, Amazon.com and more.

I'll try try not to geek out too much. Here's what you need to know:

There are all sorts of cool ways to use WorldCat. Give it a try and post your WorldCat experience to the comments on this blog post.

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