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LibraryThing–23 Things Step #14

April 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Step #14 of the 23 Things on a Stick program concerns LibraryThing.  I’ve been using LibraryThing for just a little while, so I’m still exploring all the nooks and crannies of the site.  Being able to see who else has a book you are interested in and, in turn, what other books they have is really neat.  From a library point-of-view, there are obvious applications for readers advisory.

You can only have 200 books in your library with the free membership.  I found this out the hard way, which is a testament to how easy it is to add books.  A simple keyword search almost always brought up the correct item.  For older books that have been out of print for years, I sometimes had to put in both some title keywords and an author name.

I haven’t explored the forums much yet but they look like a great place to connect with others who share your interest as a reader.  You can create your own forums, so they would also make it possible to create quick and dirty online book clubs.

The people behind LibraryThing have begun marketing LibraryThing for Libraries as an OPAC add-on.  Subscribers can embed LibraryThing data right in the catalog making reader reviews, recommendations, etc. available.

My user name at LibraryThing is Ecgric.  Come look me up!

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