Via the Yahoo Search Blog, news that a special version of the Yahoo Toolbar now allows you to search across two million library holdings through a cooperative project with OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center.
Searching library records is a favorite topic of Gary's, and he's covered this in past posts such More Full Text Books and The Virtual Reference. You can expect him to revisit this new Yahoo initiative when he's back from the Internet Librarian conference, where the partnership was also unveiled.
Postscript: Gary's sent me a few links
- OCLC Launches Co-Branded Toolbar with Yahoo has thoughts from Gary and a look at the new toolbar,
along with a number of criticisms.
- OCLC Opens Up the Complete WorldCat Database to Web Engines and Other Partners
looks at how anyone is allowed to crawl the database.
- Open WorldCat Pilot:A User's Perspective has has more background on the Open WorldCat program.