And its Uses in Libraries at Oxford Sarah Stewart and Helen Fairfield
What is LibraryThing? <ul><li>Social media (web 2.0) site to catalogue and share books </li></ul><ul><li>Imports data usin...
Z39.50 Client-Server Protocol <ul><li>Search and retrieve data from large, remote, multiple computer databases </li></ul><...
Features and Functions <ul><li>Search for and add books to catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Search others’ libraries </li></ul>...
Is it used at Oxford?  Definitely! <ul><li>Latin American Centre Library </li></ul><ul><li>Bodleian Law Library </li></ul>...
 
 
Advantages <ul><li>Easily share new book accessions with readers </li></ul><ul><li>Quick uploading of information </li></u...
Disadvantages <ul><li>Small cost to join to add more than 200 books  </li></ul><ul><li>Must be careful to be consistent in...
YAY! LibraryThing! <ul><li>Thank you for listening to this presentation! </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
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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.

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Library Thing Presentation

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

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