As 2010 winds down, we’d like to call attention to some of the things we’ve worked on or created this year. You can see a rundown of highlights here.
I’ve spent some time playing with mapFAST, which is a mashup between Google Maps and the FAST Geographic subject headings. This is a really neat way to explore the intersection between a geographic area and publications of all sorts.
I grew up in Garden Grove, California, so I used that as a launching pad for exploration. I like that the mapFAST display shows Garden Grove and its environs (note how close to Disneyland it is!). Browsing through the WorldCat results, there are of course numerous city planning documents, but also some interesting surprises. There’s a masters thesis based on survey data collected in the Garden Grove elementary schools, dating from close to the time I was a student. There’s also quite a bit on the Garden Grove Community Church, which I found curious until I realized that’s the old name for the Crystal Cathedral (home of the Hour of Power broadcasts). I was also able to find links to images of the “new” Crystal Cathedral during construction.
In addition to links to WorldCat.org, mapFAST also offers links to Google Books. I was surprised at how much content is available, almost too much even for the most ardent Garden Grove enthusiast.
And if you are thirsty for more, you can check out a three-page summary of our accomplishments over the last five years.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager. She provides community development skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.