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  • 1. Craig ArthurOctober 1, 2012
  • 2. What is LibraryThing?  http://www.LibraryThing.com A community of over 1,550,000 users (including some of your current and future patrons!) A means for the average reader to find book recommendations, catalog their books, and connect with other users A listing of libraries, bookstores, and other reading- related locations as well as events
  • 3. What is LibraryThing?  A FREE Readers’ Advisory tool A FREE way to showcase new additions to your collection Another way to market the library and its materials An easy-to-use tool for creating lists and bibliographies Another venue for advertising library events and programs Catalog 200 books for FREE
  • 4. Humble Beginnings  Began in 2005 as an interactive web 2.0 tool designed for personal use Increasingly popular with libraries and their patrons 50% of LibraryThing’s employees are librarians More info: http://www.librarything.com/tour/
  • 5. So What?!  http://www.librarything.com/venue/24663 A user has submitted Roanoke’s Main Library’s address and some basic information This page can be claimed by RPL staff
  • 6. LibraryThing for Libraries  http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries Requires your MARC records and a fee but you get:  A more engaging OPAC  A mobile device friendly catalog  Custom-branded apps
  • 7. Battle of the Library Homepages  Sans LibraryThing:http://www.roanokeva.gov/WebMgmt/ywbase61b.nsf/DocName/$library With LibraryThing:http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/library/
  • 8. Readers’ Advisory  Recommendations from users Automated recommendations Tags (uncontrolled vocabulary) User submitted reviews Published reviews UnSuggester (just for kicks)
  • 9. Questions?  Email: crarthur@vt.edu Web: http://cearthur.wordpress.com