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Social Cataloguing

By Jessie Buckley


What is Social Cataloguing?

Sites whose primary purpose is the cataloguing of material owned by its members (books, DVDs, music), while also building a community of users with that shared interest. Above and beyond the standard cataloguing, users build up a vast quantity of social data around the records, such as reviews, recommendations, ratings and tags.

Rawson, J. 2011, ‘Social Cataloguing’, Socialoxfordlibs[wiki], Retrieved: 23 May 2011, From http://socialoxfordlibs.wikispaces.com/Social+cataloguing


Social Cataloguing sites

  • LibraryThing

  • Goodreads

  • Shelfari

  • aNobii

  • Bookjetty

  • weRead

  • Visual bookshelf


Common Features

  • Search for/add books

  • Tagging

  • Rate/review

  • Recommendations/connections

  • Friends/groups


LibraryThing

  • Founded by Tim Spalding, May 2006

  • More than a Million members

  • More than 62 Million books

  • 700 sources

  • Free to catalog 200 books

  • Thingamabrarians


How are libraries using it?

  • To promote new books

  • To promote library (LibraryThing Local)

  • Adding social features to catalogue (LibraryThing for libraries)


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