Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The One Minute Critic

I just stumbled over a delightful site: the One Minute Critic, brought to you by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. The vlog is a great example of librarians having fun highlighting their collections, using WorldCat lists to help people in their community connect to their library and providing sheer entertainment value in ways both high-tech and low-tech.

The 10 Classic Cookbooks list caught my eye, and then I found myself wanting to watch all the One Minute Critics! Incidentally (and interestingly)--this library system has one of the highest referrer rankings of WorldCat.org. In other words, lots of users find their materials through WorldCat.org, and they send a lot of traffic to WorldCat.org. It's a virtuous circle--WorldCat connecting people with libraries and great library materials (like cookbooks!)

Watch for the surprise take at the end. So fun!

4 comments:

Mark said...

I do a much better Julia Child impression ...

David J. Fiander said...

Actually, I _don't_ like the Moosewood Cookbook. None of the recipes ever worked for me, and she seems to think that "breadcrumbs" are a food group.

I definitely prefer the two volumes of the Vegetarian Epicure, by Anna Thomas.

Sam said...

Hey, thanks for the great article about the OMC! David, I'll have to look into the Vegetarian Epicure, and maybe add it to a future list. At FVRL, we use Worldcat all the time, and talk it up to our patrons all the time, too - but we've also got a really active Worldcat advocate working here, who's taught us a lot about how to use it for ILL and beyond. Incidentally, the Worldcat lists are something I just started doing, but it's something I plan to keep doing, especially when I make these one minute lists.

Alice said...

Sounds like your patrons are listening, Sam. Great work to everyone at FVRL.