What is this, comps? No, wait, that was an extremely fair question. The degreed librarian at the front of the room had just used the abbreviation more than once in a setting that specifically included people new to our place of employment and profession; that specifically included the bookkeeper, the circulation staff (no MLS necessary), IT technicians (I think one has an MLS), and librarians. It's No Fair to use an abbreviation without defining it when you are orienting people.
I think I used its interlibrary loan function to explain it to her, though I may have said something thorough like, "Among the other ways it networks libraries, it's the system that makes ILL [I knew she knows that one!] work."
Today, I'll add that they own -- oh, sorry "administer," the website says -- the Dewey Decimal System and throw in their own mission-statement sounding description:
"Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. "
I bring all of this up as a way to introduce the linked list, below, brought to my attention by a colleague. To simplify, I'll say that OCLC "member libraries" join the organization to get a lot of their cataloging done for them (this is what I used to do at the library at the University of Mississippi) and to use the interlibrary loan network (to ask a national consortium of libraries, Hey, can you send my patron a VHS of "2002 Olympic Highlights"? (Yes, someone could!)). Here, then, is OCLC's list of Top 1000 titles owned by its member libraries.
CNB, prepare to be annoyed that "Garfield" tops "Doonesbury" and "Calvin and Hobbes" -- and I can't find any "Bloom County"!
Lis, Light in the Attic is number 972.
P, Cat in the Hat tops Green Eggs and Ham.
Capital City weather: sunny and warmer, 60 today
At the Byrd: King Kong
Reading: The Museum at Purgatory, Nick Bantock