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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

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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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