LibraryThing for Libraries       Net Fair I : Taming Library Monsters:            LibraryThing and Library Elf    Texas Li...
So what is LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL)? It’s LibraryThing for your online catalog. Enrich your library’s online ca...
Features Book recommendations.          Show high-quality "recommended" or "similar" books – similar  to those provided b...
Coming Soon . . . User reviews.  Access hundreds of thousands of reviews and let your patrons add  their own. User taggi...
Libraries Using LibraryThing for LibrariesIn order by installation date:   Danbury Public Library (Connecticut, USA) — We...
Libraries Using LibraryThing for LibrariesIn order by installation date:   Arlington Heights Memorial Library (Illinois, ...
Libraries Using LibraryThing for LibrariesIn order by installation date: Lincoln Trail Libraries System (Illinois, USA) —...
LTFL in the BPL Catalog              Demo  www.catalog.bedfordlibrary.org
FAQs How it works Coverage Matching Format Speed Statistics
Ok, so how much does it cost? Simple yearly fee based on combination of annual book  circulation and match rate against t...
So how good is LTFL? Can enhance 65% or more of your ISBNs Recommendations cover 656,000 ISBNs Related editions and tra...
Implementation Step one: Send LibraryThing your data.     Export ISBN, title and author information in tab-delimited for...
What are the Benefits? Patrons love it – they get really excited Staff loves it – it has been great for Reader’s Advisor...
Bedford’s Timeline 5/23/07 - sent my email inquiry to LibraryThing 5/24/07 – sent tab-delimited file of ISBN’s 5/24/07 ...
Further Reading LibraryThing – http://www.librarything.com LibraryThing for Libraries – http://www.librarything.com/forl...
Contact Info LibraryThing for Libraries  Send an email to sonya@librarything.com  Provide library name, ILS vendor and yo...
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  • Hi, I’m Barbara Glassford Johnson Technical Services Manager & Systems Administrator Bedford Public Library I’m here today to talk about LibraryThing for Libraries
  • So you’ve learned about all the cool things you can do with LibraryThing from Ellie. So what’s LibraryThing for Libraries? Well, it’s LibraryThing for you online catalog. Enrich your library’s online catalog with the power and fun of “Library 2.0.” Provide enhanced findability. Let your patrons browse, search and discover your library’s holdings in new, powerful and engaging ways. You can provide your patrons with exciting new content, including recommendations and informal, natural language subject descriptors known as “tags.” Enhance your catalog with just a few lines of HTML. It works with any OPAC and requires no back-end integration. Draw on the collective intelligence of your patrons and LibraryThing members.
  • LTFL provides 3 types of data: Book recommendations. You can provide your patrons with a list of high-quality "recommended" or "similar" books. Tags and tag browsing. Give your patrons the power and flexibility of searching and browsing your books by tags. Other editions and translations. Link to related editions and translations of the same work such as large print or sound recordings.
  • 3 more features are in development These features will allow patrons to add their own reviews, tags, and ratings to the library catalog.
  • Here’s a list of libraries using LTFL. As of this week there were 50 installations. Bedford was the second library in the US to install. 75% of the installations are at public libraries. LTFL will work with every major OPAC/ILS, and most of the minor ones too. I encourage you to visit each of these libraries to see their individual set up.
  • So let’s take a look at the Bedford catalog to see what LTFL really looks like.
  • Here’s an adult fiction title in our online catalog. The Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanna Fluke. Our LTFL data appears at the bottom of the page. This is where a patron will see data for similar books, other editions and tags. Notice how the data integrates seamlessly into the record display – no one would be able to tell it is coming from somewhere else. This book shows a list of five similar titles and a tag cloud. Notice the difference between the LCSH and the LT tags which are simultaneously available to the user. For instance, “cozy mystery” and “culinary mystery” aren’t LCSH headings but people who tagged this book in LT described it this way.
  • Here’s an example of a non-fiction title called Book finds: how to find, buy and sell used and rare books. Notice how we librarians give this book obscure headings such as “English imprints--Collectors and collecting” but LT users describe it as “Book Collecting” and “Books about Books.”
  • Here’s an example of a children’s book with several suggestions of similar books.   Some of the useful tags I have found for children’s books include: Growing up Being different
  • Here’s an example of James Patterson’s novel Mary, mary with links to the large print and audio book versions.
  • When you click on a tag it will bring up the Tag Browser . You can use the Tag Browser as another way to find books in the library. The Tag Browser provides three types of data: This Book’s Tags – provides a list of all the tags assigned to this book by LibraryThing users. The larger the tag appears means it has been assigned more often. Related Tags – provides a list of tags related to the tag you searched – these can lead to discovering other titles of interest List of similar books – provides a list of other books with the same tag. If you click on a title or any of the tags it will perform a search in your online catalog. All of the links point to other books in the library’s catalog. You can use the Tag Search to look for other tags. It will display a list of matches in your library catalog. Tags provide an entirely new way to navigate the catalog.
  • Here’s some information on commonly asked questions: How it works – LT can be deployed on all the major OPAC/ILS and many of the minor ones too. It requires no backend integration. The data resides on LT servers so you don’t have to store or maintain any data locally. All data and features appear within your catalog and blend seamlessly into your catalog design. Coverage – recommendations and other links reflect only the books in your OPAC Matching – is ISBN based. Books without ISBNs will not provide any data. There is a plan to create an author/title match. Format – audio books, large print and other languages will show up under “other editions.” DVDs and CDs can be added but are not officially supported by LT. Speed - it does not involve any additional load on your ILS/OPAC server so it will not make your OPAC slower. LTFL enhancements sometimes appear slightly after the rest of the page. Statistics - right now there is not a mechanism to gather stats but LT wants to hear from users as to what they would like in a reporting module.
  • So the big question is how much does it cost. Simple yearly fee based on a combination of your annual book circulation and your match rate against the LT database. $1,000 minimum fee. Consortia get a 20% discount. No cost to install and test internally. Can host live for 60 days without committing to keep it. The price includes existing features as well as features currently in beta and future features Note - The annual circulation count you need to provide to LT is for books only, no A/V – so this will most likely drop your figures significantly
  • So how good is LTFL? - You can enhance 65% or more of your ISBNs - Recommendations cover 656,000 ISBNs - Related editions and translations covers 275,000 ISBNs - Members have cataloged more than 25 million books - Members have added more than 32 million tags to books - Low occurring and “bad” tags have been removed Tags have been cleaned up to remove personal tags and bad words. Tags that aren’t statistically significant are screened out - a tag is deemed 'statistically significant' once it's used at least 15 times by at least 5 people. Tags are not perfect – SF could mean science fiction or San Francisco. But they can make an important addition to the search and discovery process. LTFL tags are not updated in real time - the update is done once a month. So sometimes you may not see tags for really new titles in LTFL as soon as you might if you are in LT.
  • Implementation was really easy Most of the work to set this up is done by LibraryThing. There are a few things the library has to do. Step one: Send your data to LibraryThing Export ISBN, title and author information in tab-delimited format and send it to LT. LibraryThing will soon be able to handle raw MARC records as well. Step two: Paste the HTML Just add a few lines of HTML. Each LibraryThing for Libraries “widget” is fully customizable so you control how it works and how it looks. Step three: Test and go! You can test out LibraryThing for Libraries without your patrons noticing any changes. We were able to test it on our staging server. LT also created a Firefox plugin that allowed us to test it before going live. Turn it on. (Turn if off anytime too.) Since we implemented back in June LT has created a way for libraries to upload the files and configure the widgets themselves
  • There are lots of benefits to implementing LTFL. Our patrons love it – they get really excited when we show it to them Our Staff loves it – it has been great for Reader’s Advisory It was super easy to work with LT staff – they were responsive and willing to tweak things for us Purchasing this type of product from the typical ILS vendor would, no doubt, have been pricey and time-consuming to implement - We could never have done this on our own – we don’t have the time or staff to do this type of development
  • Here’s Bedford’s timeline. It took just over a month from my first email inquiry to going live. If I hadn’t had to focus on budget preparation during early June I believe I could have gotten this project completed in about two weeks.
  • Here are some links where you can learn more about LT and LTFL .
  • Here is contact info for LibraryThing and myself Are there any questions? If you think of a question later then please just send me an email. Thank you for letting me present to you.
  • Bedford public library ppt library thing for libraries

    1. 1. LibraryThing for Libraries Net Fair I : Taming Library Monsters: LibraryThing and Library Elf Texas Library Association Annual Conference Dallas, Texas April 16, 2008 Barbara Glassford Johnson Bedford Public Library, Texas Technical Services Manager/Systems Administrator
    2. 2. So what is LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL)? It’s LibraryThing for your online catalog. Enrich your library’s online catalog with the power and fun of “Library 2.0.” Provide enhanced findability. Let your patrons browse, search and discover your library’s holdings in new, powerful and engaging ways. Provide patrons with exciting new content, including recommendations and informal, natural language subject descriptors known as “tags.” Enhance your catalog with just a few lines of HTML. Works with any OPAC and requires no back-end integration. Draw on the collective intelligence of your patrons and LibraryThing members.
    3. 3. Features Book recommendations. Show high-quality "recommended" or "similar" books – similar to those provided by Amazon. Tags and tag browsing. Give your patrons the power and flexibility of searching and browsing your catalog using LibraryThing tags. Other editions and translations. Link related editions and translations of the same work. "FRBR"-ize your catalog with a few lines of HTML.
    4. 4. 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.
    5. 5. Libraries Using LibraryThing for LibrariesIn order by installation date: Danbury Public Library (Connecticut, USA) — WebPac | example Bedford Public Library (Texas, USA) — WebPac Pro | example Deschutes Public Library (Oregon, USA) — WebPac Pro | example Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) — WebPac Pro | example Claremont Colleges (California, USA) — WebPac Pro | example Bowdoin College (Maine, USA) — WebPac Pro| example Randolph County Public Library (North Carolina, USA) — Horizon Dynix | example Richland County Public Library (South Carolina, USA) — Horizon Dynix | example Salt Lake County Library System (Utah, USA) — Horizon | example Cal State University Channel Islands (California, USA) — Voyager | example San Francisco State University (California, USA) — WebPac Pro | example Los Gatos Public Library (California, USA) — Horizon Dynix | example East Brunswick Public Library (New Jersey, USA) — Horizon Dynix | example ITT Dublin (Ireland) — Innovative | example Kingston Information & Library Service (Australia) — AmLib InfoVision | Australian Tax Office (Intranet) (Australia) GMILCS, Inc (New Hampshire, USA) — Horizon | example
    6. 6. Libraries Using LibraryThing for LibrariesIn order by installation date: Arlington Heights Memorial Library (Illinois, USA) — Innovative | example Irving Public Library (Texas, USA) — Horizon Dynix | example Weld Library District (Colorado, USA) — Horizon Dynix | example Andrews University (Michigan, USA) — Innovative | example King County Library System (Washington, USA) — WebPac Pro| example Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Australia) — SirsiDynix | example State Library of Tasmania (Australia) — Talis | example Aurora Public Library (Colorado, USA) — WebPac Pro | example Altadena Library District (California, USA) — Innovative | example Small Public Library in Southern California (California, USA) West Vancouver Memorial Library (British Columbia, Canada) — Innovative | example California State University, Northridge (California, USA) — WebPac | example Libraries Online, Inc. (Connecticut, USA) — WebPac | example Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library (West Virginia, USA) — | Richardson Public Library (Texas, USA) — Horizon | Williamsburg Regional Library (Virginia, USA) — Horizon | Murray Public Library (Utah, USA) — SirsiDynix | example
    7. 7. Libraries Using LibraryThing for LibrariesIn order by installation date: Lincoln Trail Libraries System (Illinois, USA) — Horizon Dynix | example MORE/Indianhead Federated Library System (Wisconsin, USA) — WebPac | example North Vancouver City Library (British Columbia, Canada) — Horizon | example SWITCH Library Consortium (Wisconsin, USA) — WebPac | example Westport Public Library (Connecticut, USA) — Horizon | example Cleveland State University (Ohio, USA) — WebPac Pro | example Seattle Public Library (Seattle, WA) — Horizon | example University College Cork (Ireland) — Innovative | example University of Utrecht (Netherlands) Trumbull Library System (Connecticut) Western Washington University Moonee Valley Library Service (Australia) Davidson County Public Library System (North Carolina) Portland Public Library (ME) Pelham Public Library (Ontario, Canada)
    8. 8. LTFL in the BPL Catalog Demo www.catalog.bedfordlibrary.org
    9. 9. FAQs How it works Coverage Matching Format Speed Statistics
    10. 10. Ok, so how much does it cost? Simple yearly fee based on combination of annual book circulation and match rate against the LT database. $1,000 minimum fee. Consortia get a 20% discount. No cost to install and test internally. Can host live for 60 days without committing to keep it. Price includes existing features as well as features currently in beta and future widgets
    11. 11. So how good is LTFL? Can enhance 65% or more of your ISBNs Recommendations cover 656,000 ISBNs Related editions and translations covers 275,000 ISBNs Members have cataloged more than 25 million books Members have added more than 32 million tags to books Low occurring and “bad” tags have been removed
    12. 12. Implementation Step one: Send LibraryThing your data.  Export ISBN, title and author information in tab-delimited format and send it to them.  LibraryThing will soon be able to handle raw MARC records as well. Step two: Paste the HTML  Add a few lines of HTML to your catalog template.  Each LibraryThing for Libraries “widget” is fully customizable.  Library controls how it works and how it looks. Step three: Test and go!  You can test out LibraryThing for Libraries without your patrons noticing any changes. Turn it on. (Turn if off anytime too.)
    13. 13. What are the Benefits? Patrons love it – they get really excited Staff loves it – it has been great for Reader’s Advisory It was super easy to work with LT staff – they were responsive and willing to tweak things for us Purchasing this type of product from the typical ILS vendor would, no doubt, have been pricey and time- consuming to implement We could never have done this on our own
    14. 14. Bedford’s Timeline 5/23/07 - sent my email inquiry to LibraryThing 5/24/07 – sent tab-delimited file of ISBN’s 5/24/07 – resent files since I didn’t do it right the first time 5/26/07 – LibraryThing sent Firefox extension so I could test in my OPAC Early June – timeout for FY 07/08 budget preparation 6/20/07 - copied and pasted a few snippets of HTML into my OPAC template 6/21/07 – data not displaying correctly. LibraryThing tweaked code and I tried it again. 6/23/07 – Success! 6/26/07 – Went Live!!
    15. 15. Further Reading LibraryThing – http://www.librarything.com LibraryThing for Libraries – http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/ LibraryThing Blog - http://www.librarything.com/blog/ Thingology Blog - http://www.librarything.com/thingology/ What people are saying about LibraryThing for Libraries - http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/buzz.php Danbury kicks off LibraryThing for Libraries http://www.librarything.com/thingology/2007/05/danbury-ct-kicks-off-librarything-for.php Bedford adds LibraryThing for Libraries http://www.librarything.com/thingology/2007/06/bedford-public-library-adds.php Danbury Library presentation - http://www.loosecannonlibrarian.net/talks/ilsinil/ LibraryThing and the Library catalog - http://online.sfsu.edu/~jwenzler/research/LTFL.pdf LibraryThing for Libraries: Tekkies Meeting at Collin County Community College - http://www.bedfordlibrary.org/assets/Misc/LTFLpres.ppt TLA Net Fair I – Taming Library Monsters: LibraryThing and Library Elf - http://www.bedfordlibrary.org/assets/Misc/TLA_LTFL.ppt
    16. 16. Contact Info LibraryThing for Libraries Send an email to sonya@librarything.com Provide library name, ILS vendor and your email. Bedford Public Library Barbara Glassford Johnson barbara.johnson@ci.bedford.tx.us
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