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A presentation made for the Bodleian Graduate Library Trainee training session on web 2.0 and social media in libraries. This presentation explores LibraryThing and its uses in libraries.

A presentation made for the Bodleian Graduate Library Trainee training session on web 2.0 and social media in libraries. This presentation explores LibraryThing and its uses in libraries.

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  • And its Uses in Libraries at Oxford Sarah Stewart and Helen Fairfield
  • What is LibraryThing?
    • Social media (web 2.0) site to catalogue and share books
    • Imports data using Z39.50 protocol from 690 libraries worldwide, including British Library and Library of Congress.
    • If book not found, then can update manually using a blank form.
  • Z39.50 Client-Server Protocol
    • Search and retrieve data from large, remote, multiple computer databases
    • Used frequently in integrated library systems, bibliographic reference software
    • Syntax allows for complex queries: search, retrieval, sort, browse
    • Interlibrary Loan searches based on this protocol
  • Features and Functions
    • Search for and add books to catalogue
    • Search others’ libraries
    • Comments possible, recommendations
    • Groups and Blogs to discuss books, common interests, etc. (Academic research forums possible?)
    • Reviews, Statistics and tag clouds
    • Profiles of libraries with information and weblinks
    • Can search “celebrity” author libraries, eg. Franz Kafka
    • http://www.librarything.com/
  • Is it used at Oxford? Definitely!
    • Latin American Centre Library
    • Bodleian Law Library
    • Oriental Institute Library
    • Harris Manchester College Library
    • Lincoln College Library
    • Nuffield College Library
    • St. Hugh’s College Library
    • St. Stephen’s College Library
    • Vere Harmsworth Library
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  • Advantages
    • Easily share new book accessions with readers
    • Quick uploading of information
    • Readily accessible through web browser
    • Get recommendations from readers for books to be bought?
    • “ Folksonomy ” classification using tags
  • Disadvantages
    • Small cost to join to add more than 200 books
    • Must be careful to be consistent in tagging: capital letters, etc. result in different tags. Not adequately cross-referenced. Folksonomy
    • Third party system: hosted and managed, can also be closed down (eg. Delicious), What happens with your data?
  • YAY! LibraryThing!
    • Thank you for listening to this presentation!
    • Questions?