Borrowing through WorldCat

WorldCat is the most comprehensive online database of resources available to libraries around the globe. “It is astounding that the number of holdings in WorldCat has doubled in less than eight years,” said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. “This is strong testimony to the power of global library collaboration.”

WorldCat was created in 1971 so that libraries could share cataloging information from a central database, increasing workflow efficiency and the ability to locate and loan materials. It took the OCLC cooperative almost 34 years, from August 26, 1971 to August 11, 2005, to add 1 billion holdings in WorldCat. It has taken just seven years and eight months to add the next billion.

WorldCat spans six millennia of recorded knowledge, from about 4800 B.C. to the present. It encompasses records for books, serials, sound recordings, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials and computer files.

Did you know that WorldCat is freely available to the UArts community? 625 UArts faculty, students, and staff requested books, videos and articles from WorldCat in 2012. For more information, go to


Library staff recommendation: Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations From the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations From the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art
by Liza Kirwin, foreword by John W. Smith

This is a book of lists, that is, reproductions of documents found in the collections of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. The concept of the list is broadly defined, so what is selected is not limited to words. A Leo Castelli to-do list, a Franz Kline liquor store receipt, or the 1954 joint tax return of Elaine and Willem de Kooning offer rare glimpses into artists’ everyday lives. Viewing the original document, you experience the many individual, quirky and unique ways that people organize and display their thoughts. It is both interesting and fun.
The exhibition from this book will be on view at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City from June 3 – October 2. For more information, please visit
Recommended by Mary Louise Castaldi

WorldCat/ILL vacation

Interlibrary Loan service will be temporarily suspended from July 24 to August 16, 2009.
This includes WorldCat, the online method for requesting interlibrary loan materials.
Contact Casey Murphy @ 6280 or after July 24, for more information.

Have a great summer!

James Elkins lecture guide online

James Elkins: “Can Drawings Think?”: Works Cited

  • If you missed last week’s lecture “Can Drawings Think?” by noted art historian, James Elkins, you may want to view a VIDEO.
  • If you want to read some of the BOOKS he discussed in his talk, you need a list of titles, and will want to  know where to find them.
  • If you want to check out the website he referred to, you will need a name and/or LINK.
  • And last, if you want to look at the artists DRAWINGS he displayed, you will need the artists’ names.