OCLC, a nonprofit library service and research organization, has launched a pilot program to make collections from libraries visible through mobile devices. The WorldCat Mobile pilot allows users to search for and find books and other materials available in libraries near them through a web application they can access from a PDA or smartphone. Users can even get a Google Maps view of the library location along with detailed driving instructions if the mobile device supports the application. The pilot is based on WorldCat.org, an online resource for finding information in libraries. OCLC worked with mobile-technology provider Boopsie to develop this pilot.
OCLC has also released the new NetLibrary Media Center, a full-featured desktop application that allows library patrons to search, manage, transfer, and listen to downloadable eAudiobooks. The Media Center combines user functions available from NetLibrary’s web-based platform to browse, search, and check out materials, and adds enhanced features and functionality—such as a full-feature audio player; download to a portable listening device; a new interface; and desktop access to a library’s entire eAudiobook collection.
(www.boopsie.com, www.worldcat.org, www.oclc.org)