WorldCat Local at the University of Washington Libraries

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The University of Washington Libraries' implementation of WorldCat Local has been a boon to the UW libraries (and UW library users) since its launch in early 2007. WorldCat Local can be thought of as a localized version of It is branded and configured to reflect a library's look and feel as well as the services the library provides, all at a unique URL.

Written by three UW librarians who were integral to this project, this issue of Library Technology Reports provides an overview of the development, usability testing methods and implementation of this service. Find out how WorldCat Local has resulted in a more seamless discovery and delivery user experience, and what that can mean to your own users.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:

  • A comparison of discovery and delivery of information before and after WorldCat Local was implemented at UW Libraries
  • The user experience, feedback, and testing
  • Usage and impact of WorldCat Local
  • Planning and implementation documentation
  • An overview of "working at the network level" for UW Libraries' WorldCat Local implementation
  • Impact Summary at the University of Washington

Jennifer L. Ward

Jennifer L. Ward is head of Web Services at the University of Washington Libraries, where she is responsible for general oversight of the libraries' Web presence. Jennifer manages the Services group within the Information Technology Services department, as well as the libraries' human factors/usability program. Prior to her start at the University of Washington, she was a Visiting Research Programmer at the University of Illinois Library and a Slavic languages cataloger at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and her Bachelor of Arts in Russian literature and languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the 2008 recipient of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Leadership Award and is a graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute.

Pam Mofjeld

Pam Mofjeld worked at the University of Washington for over 25 years. She held a number of positions, including head of the Fisheries-Oceanography Library, coordinator for the Washington State Cooperative Library Project, and head of interlibrary loan. The underlying theme throughout her career was user-centered service. Pam received her Masters of Librarianship from the University of Washington in 1982.

Steve Shadle

Steve Shadle is Serials Access Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries, where he catalogs serials, supports link resolver and knowledge-base applications, and otherwise wrangles serial holdings and bibliographic data. Steve is an active trainer in the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program. He frequently presents at North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) and American Library Association meetings and regularly writes for Serials Review. Prior to his tenure at the University of Washington, Steve was an ISSN cataloger at the National Serials Data Program of the Library of Congress and Technical Services Librarian at the Agency for International Development Library. Steve received his Masters of Librarianship from the University of Washington in 1990 and his Bachelor of Arts in linguistics (also from the University of Washington) in 1987.

Library Technology Reports

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