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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.

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Librarything for libraries

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


So what is librarything for libraries ltfl

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.


Features

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.


Coming soon

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.


Libraries using librarything for libraries

Libraries Using LibraryThing for Libraries

In 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) — AmLibInfoVision |

  • Australian Tax Office (Intranet) (Australia)

  • GMILCS, Inc (New Hampshire, USA) — Horizon | example


Libraries using librarything for libraries1

Libraries Using LibraryThing for Libraries

In 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


Libraries using librarything for libraries2

Libraries Using LibraryThing for Libraries

In 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)


Ltfl in the bpl catalog

LTFL in the BPL Catalog

Demo

www.catalog.bedfordlibrary.org


Librarything for libraries

FAQs

  • How it works

  • Coverage

  • Matching

  • Format

  • Speed

  • Statistics


Ok so how much does it cost

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


So how good is ltfl

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


Implementation

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.)


What are the benefits

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


Bedford s timeline

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!!


Further reading

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


Contact info

Contact Info

  • LibraryThing for Libraries

    Send an email to [email protected]

    Provide library name, ILS vendor and your email.

  • Bedford Public Library

    Barbara Glassford Johnson

    [email protected]


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