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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Another Blawg on Ohio Law?

I'm glad I de-cloaked this blawg when I did. It seems some colleagues of mine started a blawg dealing with Ohio back in October. The bloggers are the authors of a forthcoming revision of the great research tome, Ohio Legal Research Guide. Their blawg is located at http://ohiolegalblog.blogspot.com.

If you are unfamiliar with the book and want to know where to locate it, most Ohio Librarians will know to search their local public or law library online catalogs, or perhaps the OhioLINK Central Catalog. However, what about those people not in Ohio (you can still search OhioLINK, but the books might not be available to you)? Here's a neat trick I've learned while blogging away over the last month or so: subscribe to other web logs dealing with library stuff. One that I recommend is named, appropriately enough, Library Stuff (go figure). A post on Library Stuff back in September contained information making it possible to search WorldCat with one click for any ISBN number that happened to be displayed on a web page (like Amazon). Try it, it's great. It utilizes little snippets called "bookmarklets." You don't have to know much about them to use ones that are already created, like the one for WorldCat. Here is the procedure: 1) go to the September post from Radio Stuff; 2) drag one of the bookmarklets to your links toolbar; 3) click on the Amazon page above for the Ohio Legal Research Guide information containing the ISBN; 4) click on your bookmarklet. You will now, depending on which bookmarklet you used, be transported to a new window in WorldCat or a new browser window may open upon your taskbar. Simply type in a zip code, and you have your holdings for the book in a geographic area of your choosing. Another blog, Jon's Radio Blog, has a Library Lookup page. He offers the ability to narrow down a search by individual library or consortium by using a bookmarklet. He has bookmarklets for OhioLINK and Columbus Metro Library, and other web-enabled libraries using Innovative, Voyager, iPac, DRA, or Talis. I would advise reading the page before using the bookmarklets, but once you have started using them, you'll be amazed. I have used them often when browsing on the Amazon or Barnes & Noble sites. One click, and I know where I can find the book in a library. What a novel concept that is, eh? Again, if none of the above makes any sense, please comment and let me know and I'll refine the post. Sometimes things sound alright to me, but are of absolutely no use to someone who speaks non-library English.



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