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  1. 1. Thingamabrarians: Social Librarianship & Library 2.0 Julie D. Shedd Mississippi State University/ University of Southern Mississippi June 15, 2007
  2. 2. In this presentation: <ul><li>What is social librarianship? </li></ul><ul><li>What are social libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this so popular? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should our libraries care? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we get involved? </li></ul><ul><li>Which sites are the best? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is social librarianship? <ul><li>Professional librarians and non-professionals interacting through Web-based media cataloging technologies </li></ul><ul><li>These technologies are open to the public, user-centered, easily changed, constantly changing, and mostly free of charge </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloging of books and other media is done using library-approved methods (MARC records, LOC subject headings) and/or “folksonomies,” the taxonomies that result from user-defined classification (also known as “tagging”) </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are social libraries? <ul><li>Websites that allow users to build catalogs of books and other media, and which have an element of 2.0-style social networking </li></ul>Delicious Library: Not so mucha social library (unless it’s exported!) LibraryThing: A social library
  5. 5. Why is this so popular? <ul><li>People collect stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Book and other media cataloging = useful for insurance purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Many social libraries can be accessed by phone, helping you remember what you need and what you don’t </li></ul><ul><li>Social libraries help with completism (collecting all of something) </li></ul><ul><li>Social librarianship helps a population which has historically had trouble with social interaction </li></ul><ul><li>It provides a new, less judgmental arena for literary discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging enables people to use terms that make sense to them to catalog their books </li></ul><ul><li>Social libraries indicate popularity of books and authors </li></ul><ul><li>Can help people decide what to read next </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a forum for safe interaction between authors and readers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why should our libraries care? <ul><li>What’s more Library 2.0 than social libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians’ public image could change—now thousands of people are amateur librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Social libraries are great forums for finding out what the library user really thinks about books and how libraries figure in her life </li></ul><ul><li>For small/rural libraries, this could be a godsend </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some sites track loaned books – small libraries could run their OPAC on a social library site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For the rural towns of Mississippi, this could be a great way to interact with other rural libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For bigger libraries, there are many applications… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Social Libraries’ Applications in Traditional Libraries <ul><li>Collection development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automated book suggesters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User reviews, ratings, and recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Popularity indicators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purchasing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many sites have Amazon prices listed; some let you be notified once price drops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give users a friendly, informal way to see what your library is doing; organize events; solicit donations; provide a forum for discussion; talk with other libraries; let people see what your staff like to read </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social libraries can get users into reading groups and other library programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And many more…if you can imagine it, you can probably do it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. A note on folksonomy vs. taxonomy (“real” classification) <ul><li>A big debate in the online library community – sometimes the only thing limiting a library’s participation in social libraries </li></ul><ul><li>While folksonomy lacks standardization and oversight, it is far more understandable to the user, and opens up many new classification options </li></ul>
  9. 9. How can we get involved? <ul><li>Create user profiles for the library </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in book discussions, groups, and forums </li></ul><ul><li>Create groups specifically for your library (fantasy readers, teens, new parents, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Join “LibraryThing for Libraries,” which puts info from a powerful social library into your OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog your collections – let your library’s users interact with you and your collections </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some libraries who are already involved… <ul><li>Danbury Public Library , Danbury, CT (the first to join LibraryThing for Libraries) </li></ul><ul><li>Shenandoah Public Library , Shenandoah, IA </li></ul><ul><li>The New York Public Library , New York, NY </li></ul><ul><li>Many other large and small public , church , hospital , and organizational libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Departments within larger libraries – for instance, the Children's & Parents' Services Department at the Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library has cataloged over 200 books on LibraryThing ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Some people have begun their own lending libraries – for instance, the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Lending Library ( ) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Top social libraries <ul><li>LibraryThing – </li></ul><ul><li>GuruLib – </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliophil – </li></ul><ul><li>Shelfari – </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some up-and-comers… <ul><li>AllConsuming – </li></ul><ul><li>aNobii - </li></ul><ul><li>BookTribes – </li></ul><ul><li>Squirl - </li></ul><ul><li>Zestr – </li></ul>
  13. 13. Bibliography <ul><li>Maness, J. (2006). &quot;Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries&quot;. Webology , 3 (2), Article 25. Available at: </li></ul><ul><li>Kroski, E. (2006). “Community 2.0.” Posted April 7, 2006. Available at: </li></ul><ul><li>Spalding, T. (2007). “Sneak peek: LibraryThing for Libraries.” Posted April 9, 2007. Available at: </li></ul><ul><li>(2007). “A public library tries LibraryThing.” Library Journal. Available at: </li></ul><ul><li>“ James.” (2007). “Compare your library with LibraryThing.” Posted February 7, 2007. Available at: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Library2.0.” (2006). “Librarything [sic], Shelfari, and Gurulib: Social cataloging sites compared.” Posted October 21, 2006. Available at </li></ul><ul><li>“ Library2.0.” (2007). “Shelfari gets amazon [sic] investment.” Posted February 25, 2007. Available at </li></ul><ul><li>Ishizuka, K. (2006). “Find more like this: A book lover’s MySpace.” School Library Journal 52(10): 24-25. Academic Search Premier database. </li></ul><ul><li>Rethlefsen, M. (2007). “Product pipeline.” Library Journal 132(Net Connect): 14-16. Academic Search Premier database. </li></ul><ul><li>Rethlefsen, M. (2007). “Chief Thingamabrarian.” Library Journal 132(1): 40-42. Academic Search Premier database. </li></ul><ul><li>MacIntyre, Jeff. (2007). “Song of my shelf.” Print 61(1): 100. Academic Search Premier database. </li></ul><ul><li>Bates, M. (2006). “Get your LibraryThing on.” Online 30(6): 64. </li></ul>
  14. 14. DON’T ANGER THE YAK ASK ME QUESTIONS [email_address] On Facebook: Julie Dunn On LibraryThing: discordia