WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries near you and even those that are not near you, but are around the world. WorldCat is constantly expanding as libraries expand. Users can search for books, music, CDs and videos. Users can also search ebooks, and downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links that allow users to view the full text of the article or resource. WorldCat is available to users in multiple languages.
WorldCat links you to a library with the source you are looking for. It does not allow you to check something out directly from WorldCat, it merely takes you to the place that has the item and the user can then request to check the item out based on that particular library’s procedures. Depending on the library that the link takes you to, you may need to sign in or create an account before you are able to request an audiobook, ebook, etc. I appreciate that WorldCat has an option for users to “Ask a Librarian”. This is a helpful feature for both teachers and students.
I searched, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” and found 94 results. To sort through the results I can request a particular format. For example this title is offered as books and then I can specify either print, ebook, large print. The title is also available as a video and I can then select vhs, dvd, or evideo. There are also audiobooks on cd or eaudiobook. I was surprised to see that this title is offered in 13 different languages. I selected the version of the title that I was looking for and could then easily see which library locations the title is available in. This website also shows the title for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and other websites. I appreciate that this website also shows reviews of the book from Goodreads and DOGObooks.
I am happy that I was exposed to this resource. I often have teachers request a particular book and we may not have the book or may not have as many copies as they would like. I can now easily search to see if there is an ebook, eaudiobook option or even copies of the book at a nearby library. Also, I have a Reading Bowl Team at school and we are all reading the 18 Georgia Book Awards books for the Helen Mufflin Reading Bowl. Sometimes, I have students that want to read a title that another student is reading. This website will allow me to find some of these titles at surrounding libraries, instead of having to purchase more of these titles.
Grades: 3 and up. Subject(s): Media. Overall rating: 10. Willems, M., & Hyperion Books for Children. (2003). Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus.