Animating the World with WorldShare

Lawrence Tech’s new library system, OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services, is celebrating the 100th library going live on the system with a fun contest.  Each library was sent a WorldShare beachball with the challenge to come up with an idea to show the ball bouncing into the picture on the left and bouncing out on the right.  Librarian Gretchen Weiner had an idea that the ball should bounce down a “staircase” of the many items you can find at the LTU library via the WorldShare system (from books and journal articles to videos, to games, etc.).  Librarian Sheila Gaddie came across an animated video of blocks and wondered if that could inspire the LTU entry.

The library enlisted Stephen Coy, Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Design, to give advice, and he invited his student, Jared Patterson, to work on the idea.  They met with Grechen Weiner and Gary Cocozzoli, and decided to film in the Kahn Library.   It was fascinating to watch them film and put together the ten-second sequence, which used both live filming and stop-animation, but photographed backwards, including a rotating globe (barely seen in the first photo) that would remind viewers that WorldShare is used by libraries across the globe, and is the primary method of interlibrary sharing of resources.

Prof. Steven Coy (left) and student Jared Patterson film the WorldShare sequence with librarian Gretchen Weiner looking on in the background.

Prof. Steven Coy (left) and student Jared Patterson film the WorldShare sequence with librarian Gretchen Weiner looking on in the background.

The filmmakers edited the elements into a cogent form that is both amusing and amazing to view.  Special thanks are in order to Prof. Coy and to Jared Patterson for their creative efforts.

Worldshare topped the charts in new contracts among library automation companies in 2012, according to Library Journal  (April 1, 2013, p. 38), with 190 libraries contracting for WorldShare.  With 67 more institutions already signed to go live in 2013, what might OCLC do for an encore when they hit 200 libraries?

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