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This is the powerpoint presentation on Library Thing which accompanied a talk by Niamh Walker-Headon at LAI’s Cataloguing and Indexing group Seminar day ‘Cataloguing in the electronic age’ on the 25th …

This is the powerpoint presentation on Library Thing which accompanied a talk by Niamh Walker-Headon at LAI’s Cataloguing and Indexing group Seminar day ‘Cataloguing in the electronic age’ on the 25th October, 2007.

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  • 1. Leveraging LibraryThing:
      • Adding uncontrolled vocabulary to your catalogue
      • Niamh Walker-Headon BA, H Dip LIS, ALAI
      • Systems Librarian – ITT Dublin
  • 2. Why Library Thing
    • New web site
      • Introducing Web 2.0
        • Adding interactivity
    • Options explored
      • Star Ratings on web site already
      • Add on supplied by LMS supplier
      • Aquabrowser
      • Library Thing
  • 3. The debate
    • Review of the options
      • Star Ratings on web site already
        • Not really intuitive
      • Add on supplied by LMS supplier
        • Not yet ready and anticipated cost is not yet known
          • (Wanted a solution in 2007)
  • 4. More debate…
      • Aquabrowser
        • Monthly subscription, costing
  • 5. Outcome of the debate
      • Library Thing
        • Looked like an interesting interim option
          • Annual subscription > Very reasonable
          • Already widely used online
            • Personal libraries, reading communities, etc.
        • Examples later
  • 6. Uncontrolled vocabulary
    • Debate about uncontrolled vocabulary
      • Ongoing
        • Current controlled vocabulary not changing as fast as needed
      • Did not want to make any changes to our MARC records
    • Like the idea of FRBR, but it’s still not finalised
      • Library thing links to similar titles
  • 7. FRBR??!!***
    • FRBR: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records
      • Idea is to change how catalogues present records so that records associated with one piece of intellectual property appear together
        • MORE ABOUT FRBR: http://www.frbr.org/
  • 8. Library thing??@@!!
    • Library thing started out as a web based interactive web 2.0 application for personal use
      • There has been a librarian involved since the early days
    • It has since branched out into the library arena
  • 9. What is library thing - personal
    • “ LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of your books.
    • And because everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together.
    • LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.”
        • From http://www.librarything.com/tour/
          • It is very interactive, and builds communities fast
  • 10. Library thing – personal http://www.librarything.com/tour/ Tags are added here by personal users
  • 11. What Library thing does http://www.librarything.com/tour/3
  • 12. Tags????
    • Tags are:
    • “ Tags , a type of metadata involving the association of descriptors with objects. “
      • From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tags
        • Also used on blogs, social networking sites and wikis
  • 13. Tag clouds?!!***
    • “ A tag cloud (or weighted list in visual design) is a visual depiction of content tags used on a website . Often, more frequently used tags are depicted in a larger font or otherwise emphasized, while the displayed order is generally alphabetical. [1] Thus both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity is possible. Selecting a single tag within a tag cloud will generally lead to a collection of items that are associated with that tag”
      • From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_cloud
  • 14. More about Library Thing- personal
    • “ LibraryThing knows how books connect, providing some of the best recommendations on the web.
    • LibraryThing can analyze your entire catalog and come up with 100 or so books you might want to check out.
    • The UnSuggester will give you humorous recommendations of books you probably wouldn't enjoy.”
        • From: http://www.librarything.com/tour/6
  • 15. What does LibraryThing for Libraries do?
    • “ Give your patrons exciting new content, including recommendations and tag clouds.
    • Let your patrons take part, with reviews, ratings and tags. Keep the control you want.
    • Enhance your catalog with just a few lines of HTML. Works with any OPAC and requires no back-end integration. Really.
    • Draw on the collective intelligence of your patrons and LibraryThing members. “
        • From http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/
  • 16. What does it give users
    • When a catalogue record matches an item in the library thing database
      • “ Book recommendations. Show high-quality "recommended" or "similar" books.
      • Tag browsing. Give your patrons the power and flexibility of searching and browsing your books by tags.
      • Other editions and translations. Link related editions and translations of the same work. "FRBR"-ize your catalog with a few lines of HTML. “
        • From http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/
    In your catalogue, by title. Using tag clouds
  • 17. Coming soon...
    • User reviews . Access hundreds of thousands of reviews and let your patrons add their own.
    • User tagging . Let your patrons tag. Tags can be shared across all participating libraries.
    • User ratings . Add our ratings and give patrons the ability to rate books .
        • From http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/tour/2
  • 18. How good is it?
    • LibraryThing for Libraries draws on LibraryThing.com
    • Library thing say they can enhance 50% or more of your ISBNs
      • ITT Dublin submitted 20,000 isbn’s. Library thing had matched for over 15,000 of them
  • 19. What about the Tags
    • LibraryThing members have added more than 23 million tags to books
    • Library thing have killed all the "bad" tags
      • Laundered you might say…
  • 20. Getting Set up - Timeline
    • March / April 2007
      • Discussion and decision to investigate further
    • May / June 2007
      • Debate and investigation
      • Institute Librarian attends Tim Spalding's’ address to IIUG
    • July 2007
      • Costing sought
    • August 2007
      • Order created
      • Library thing on test server
    • October 2007
      • Library thing went live – with new library web site.
  • 21. How does it work? Exporting
    • Step one:
      • Export ISBN, title and author information in tab-delimited format and send to Library thing
        • This is a tab delimited file based on your marc records
  • 22. How does it work ? Coding
    • Step two: Paste the HTML
      • Add a few lines of HTML to your catalogue’s template
        • You may need someone else to do this for you
        • For us this was the bib_display.html file
          • <div id=&quot;ltfl_tagbrowse&quot; class=&quot;ltfl&quot;></div>
          • <div id=&quot;ltfl_related&quot; class=&quot;ltfl&quot;>
          • <div id=&quot;ltfl_similars&quot; class=&quot;ltfl&quot;></div>
  • 23. How does it work? Other Web pages
        • And we added the ‘widget’ provided by library thing to the botlogo.html file
        • This file appears at the bottom of every page
          • <script src=&quot;http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/widget.js?id=73-1846465501&quot; type=&quot;text/javascript&quot;></script><noscript>This page contains enriched content visible when JavaScript is enabled or by clicking here for<a href=&quot;http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/noscript.php?id=73-1846465501&accessibility=1&quot;> Library thing data </a>.</noscript>
            • Each LibraryThing for Libraries &quot;widget&quot; is fully customizable.
            • Control how it works and how it looks
            • We used css to make it match our catalogue
  • 24. How does it work? Testing
    • Step three: Test and go!
    • Testing
      • Without your users noticing any changes
      • We did this on our testing server for the new web site
      • Play around with where you want the information to appear by changing the location of the html code in your template
    • Turn it on.
      • Turn it off anytime too
        • This was important for us
  • 25. Additional points of access
    • Tags
      • Copy status tab
      • Click on a tag (word) ad you are brought to a list of titles with the same tag
        • Subject headings are ignored in the main by our users
          • See if Tags are more noticed
            • So far they seem to be
  • 26. FRBR type access points
    • Related items
      • More details tab
      • Translations and other EDITIONS linked directly within the catalogue
    • Similar items
      • Similar item tab
      • Other related titles linked directly within the catalogue
  • 27. Examples from ITT Dublin
    • Search examples:
      • Word > Lord of the rings
      • Title > Blue ocean strategy
      • Author > Feist, Raymond E.
            • Olivier, Jamie
      • Subject > Ansel Adams
  • 28. Questions?
    • Find out more:
      • http://www.librarything.com
      • http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries
    • See LibraryThing for Libraries at
      • http://library.ittdublin.ie
      • http://cat.danburylibrary.org/record=1168934
      • http://witcat.wit.ie/search~/a?searchtype=X&searcharg=fellowship+of+the+ring&SORT=D
  • 29. Tag cloud- Fellowship of the ring
  • 30. Recommendations from Catalogue
  • 31. Linked to another title
  • 32. Other edition in catalogue
  • 33. Record for other edition
  • 34. Similar items – Trilogy titles
  • 35. Straight to Return of the King
  • 36. Full record – controlled headings

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