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Linking with LibraryThing at the Washington State Library

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A brief overview of the Washington State Library's use of LibraryThing, presented at the 2008 Pacific Northwest Library Association conference in Post Falls, Idaho.

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Linking with LibraryThing at the Washington State Library

  1. PNLA 2008 Linking with LibraryThing at the Washington State Library Mary Paynton Schaff Reference Librarian [email_address]
  2. Why LibraryThing? <ul><li>Getting where our patrons are </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing to a new audience </li></ul><ul><li>Social cataloging </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to make wholesale changes to a shared catalog </li></ul><ul><li>First 200 books free </li></ul><ul><li>It’s cool! </li></ul>
  3. How do we use LibraryThing? <ul><li>Advertise our materials </li></ul><ul><li>Steer traffic back to our website, online resources, and Ask a Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Create RSS widgets to display “new” titles on our blog </li></ul><ul><li>Create lists and bibliographies using tags </li></ul><ul><li>Make connections with other members and projects </li></ul>
  4. LibraryThing Local <ul><li>Advertise your events! </li></ul><ul><li>Community-wide book-related events </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite venues </li></ul><ul><li>Comment walls </li></ul><ul><li>Past Events </li></ul><ul><li>Claim your venue and link it back to your profile </li></ul>
  5. The Response So Far <ul><li>Consistent click-through from blog widget to new books </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered LT’s value as a resource for reader’s advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Spurred us to investigate other online portals </li></ul><ul><li>Profiled in Ellyssa’ Kroski’s new book </li></ul>
  6. Concerns to Consider <ul><li>Meaningless tags </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent linkage between LibraryThing and your “official” resources </li></ul><ul><li>Current lack of Java-enabled widgets </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat? </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting your presence on LibraryThing </li></ul><ul><li>Time sink </li></ul>
  7. LibraryThing at the Washington State Library http://www.librarything.com/profile/wastatelib Questions? Comments? Mary Schaff [email_address]

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