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Personal Library Tools for Librarians


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As presented for NEFLIN on Jan 26, 2010.

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Personal Library Tools for Librarians

  1. 1. Personal Library Tools for Librarians Presented  by:   Nicole  C.  Engard   h9p:// catalog/nengard    
  2. 2. Outline •  What  is  a  personal  library  tool?   •  Do  I  need  to  use  a  personal  library  tool?   •  What  are  my  opBons  for  my  book  collecBon?   –   –   –   –  Google  MyLibrary   •  How  do  I  choose?   •  Further  Reading  
  3. 3. Personal Library Tools are •  A  way  to     –  catalog  your  collecBon   –  share  your  collecBon   –  find  recommendaBons   –  connect  with  fellow  readers   •  Social  networking  for  book  lovers  (or  any   collecBon  lover)  
  4. 4. Do I need one? •  If  you:   –  Lend  a  lot  of  books   –  Find  yourself  buying  books  you  already  own   –  Love  to  keep  things  organized   –  Are  a  cataloger  at  heart   –  Or  just  like  sharing  informaBon  online   •  Then  a  personal  library  tool  is  for  you  
  5. 5. What are my options?
  6. 6. LibraryThing •  Pulls  data  from  libraries  &  Amazon   •  Allows  you  to  catalog  books   •  Add  common  knowledge  data  (authors,   seWngs,  important  people,  etc)   •  Sort  data  into  collecBons   •  Mark  items  read  or  not  read   •  Sign  up  for  free  books!   •  Free  for  up  to  200  books  -­‐  $25/lifeBme  for  200+  
  7. 7. LibraryThing •  LibraryThing,  staying  true  to  its  name,  has  viewed   libraries  and  librarians  as  key  users  of  its  services   and  an  important  market  for  their  product.  Among   the  four  featured  sites,  LibraryThing  has  the  only   librarian  on  staff  who  carries  an  MLIS  degree.   Popular  among  small  libraries,  LibraryThing   encourages  cataloging  and  even  promotes  an   inexpensive  scanner  called  CueCat  which  speeds  up   the  cataloging  process.  Online  rewards,  known  as   badges,  are  awarded  to  users  who  contribute  to  the   bibliographic  producBon  of  LibraryThing.   Sco9  Jeffries.    2008.  Social  cataloging  tools:  a  comparison  and  applicaBon  for   librarians.  Library  Hi  Tech  News,  November  30,  1-­‐4.    
  8. 8. LibraryThing •  Take  a  look:   –   –  Create  an  account   –  Update  your  profile   –  Add  books   –  Add  common  knowledge   –  Find  friends   –  Early  Reviewers   –  Join  Groups  
  9. 9. GoodReads •  Pulls  data  from  Amazon   •  Allows  you  to  catalog  your  books   •  Mark  items  read,  wishlist,  to  read   •  Tag  items   •  Add  reviews  &  raBngs   •  Sort  books  into  shelves/categories   •  Free  for  any  number  of  books  
  10. 10. GoodReads •  Goodreads’  design  is  simple  yet  includes  some   adverBsements  on  the  record  of  the  books   themselves.  They  have  wisely  placed  the  ads  on   the  far  right  of  the  screen  so  as  to  not  overwhelm   the  user  as  they  move  leh  to  right  across  the   page.  When  available,  a  link  to  a  Google  Book   Search  preview  is  imbedded  in  the  book  display.   Also,  Goodreads  encourages  reviews  and   comments  by  prominently  displaying  previous   comments  from  other  users.   Sco9  Jeffries.    2008.  Social  cataloging  tools:  a  comparison  and  applicaBon  for   librarians.  Library  Hi  Tech  News,  November  30,  1-­‐4.    
  11. 11. GoodReads •  Take  a  look   –   –  Create  an  account   –  Add  books   –  Find  Friends   –  Find  a  Group  
  12. 12. Shelfari •  Owned  by  Amazon   –  Data  obviously  pulled  from  Amazon   •  Allows  you  to  catalog  your  books   •  Mark  items  read,  wishlist,  to  read   •  Tag  items   •  Add  reviews  &  raBngs   •  Free  for  any  number  of  books  
  13. 13. Shelfari •  The  disBncBve  feature  for  Shelfari  is  its  visual   shelf  display  that  places  the  image  of  an   added  book  on  a  virtual  shelf.  When  creaBng  a   collecBon,  the  user  is  pushed  by  the  graphic   interface  to  sort  items  into  three  categories  –   to  read,  reading  and  have  read.  The  process   creates  a  large  amount  of  clicking  around  from   one  collecBon  to  the  other  and  the  user   cannot  always  view  an  enBre  collecBon  very   easily.   Sco9  Jeffries.    2008.  Social  cataloging  tools:  a  comparison  and  applicaBon  for   librarians.  Library  Hi  Tech  News,  November  30,  1-­‐4.    
  14. 14. Shelfari •  Take  a  look   –   –  Add  an  account   –  Add  books   –  Update  profile   –  Find  Friends   –  Find  a  Group  
  15. 15. Google MyLibrary •  Pulls  data  from  Google  Books   •  Provides  inside  the  book  preview  if  available   •  Add  notes  and  labels  (tags)   •  Add  reviews  &  raBngs   •  Free  for  any  number  of  books  
  16. 16. Google MyLibrary •  Take  a  look   –  h9p://   •  Click  ‘My  Library’  in  the  top  right  (if  you  have  a  Google   account)   –  Sign  up  for  a  Google  Account  if  you  don’t  have  one   –  Add  books   –  Add  tags   –  Add  reviews  
  17. 17. More to Learn •  Sco9  Jeffries.    2008.  Social  cataloging  tools:  a  comparison   and  applicaBon  for  librarians.  Library  Hi  Tech   News,  November  30,  1-­‐4.     •  ArBcles  about  LibraryThing  (too  many  to  cite):   h9p://     •  Arrington,  Michael.  2007.  Goodreads  Raises  Angel  Round   To  Help  You  Find  That  Perfect  Book.  TechCrunch.   December  17.  h9p://   •  Darcangelo,  Vince.  2008.  Hyper  literate:  Local  readers  and   writers  reaping  the  rewards  of  book-­‐themed  social   networking  sites  -­‐  Boulder  Daily  Camera.  Boulder  Daily   Camera.  December  18.  h9p://  
  18. 18. Personal Library Tools for Librarians Thank  You   Nicole  C.  Engard   h9p:// catalog/nengard