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QULOC Seminar: Social Software in Libraries, 10 October 2007 LibraryThing demonstration Kurt Vollmerhause Library Systems Officer What is LibraryThing? Social networking site for bibliophiles Hub for “social cataloguing” activities

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QULOC Seminar: Social Software in Libraries, 10 October 2007LibraryThing demonstration

Kurt Vollmerhause

Library Systems Officer


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What is LibraryThing?

  • Social networking site for bibliophiles

  • Hub for “social cataloguing” activities

  • Union catalogue of member libraries (individuals, organizations)

  • Over 250,000 registered members

  • Over 18 million books added

  • Over 23 million tags applied

  • Web 2.0 service in evolution since August 2005


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Membership categories

  • Basic personal account: free; limited to 200 books

  • Paid personal (unlimited)

    • Annual: USD $10pa

    • Lifetime: $25 one-off cost

  • Not-for profit organisations: free to 200 books, USD$15 pa for collections of up to 5,000 items

  • For-profit organisations: free to 100 books, $30/year to 500 books, $50/year for up to 5,000 items

    Correct as at 6 October 2007 – see current LibraryThing documentation


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Social networking features

Boyd’s three basic characteristics of social networking sites

  • Profile

  • Traversable, publicly articulated social network

  • Semi-persistent public comments

    Cited in Mason and Rennie 2007, 198

    Notable features in LibraryThing

  • RSS feeds: subscribe to recently added books, reviews, others’ reviews

  • Connections news: displays changes faceted by network type (e.g. friends)

  • “Also on” listings – membership of other social networking services


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LibraryThing basics

  • Live demo - adding a book - 1, 2

  • Assigning tags

  • Catalog view

  • Book information pages

  • Social information pages

  • Author cloud (aggregate, individual)

  • Tag mashes (new feature) - example

Used with permission of John C. Ralston, under CC license


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Replacement for the OPAC?

  • Not intended as replacement for OPAC

  • Support for non-monographic formats is limited

  • Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) NY - profile

  • Noble Neighbourhood Library –“visual browsing catalogue” for promotion of genre fiction collections, e.g. Horror - profile

  • Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg - profile, tag mirror

  • Church libraries in general are active among LT groups (Church Libraries example - shared library searching, forums available)


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Libraries using LibraryThing: widgets

  • Widget tool: generates pre-set JavaScript based code for display of dynamic content from LT - doco

  • Used by libraries to promote new titles, featured lists, etc.,on blogs or other web spaces

  • Search box code also available (for searching across group libraries, etc.)

Library homepage element

Examples

  • Pesky Library Blog - homepage, profile

  • FTPL Teen Corner - homepage, profile

  • Southwestern Community College Library - homepage, profile

As used in 3rd party Facebook app. (individual account)


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LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL)

  • Web OPAC enhancement service

  • Commercial product, with some free elements (vendor info.)

  • Non-proprietary (cross-system)

  • Widgets - JavaScript code added to bib display or equivalent template

  • Features - Other editions and translations (free); Similar books; Tags and tag browser

  • To date: 12 libraries purchased or in testing, 23 million tags,18 million items

Picture by moqub, under CC license


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LTFL sites

  • Danbury Public Library

  • Bedford Public Library

  • Deschutes Public Library

  • Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)

  • Claremont Colleges

  • Bowdoin College

  • Randolph County Public Library (Horizon – SirsiDynix site)

  • Richland County Public Library

  • Cal State University Channel Islands

  • San Francisco State University

  • Los Gatos Public Library


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Selected LTFL implementations

  • Other edns and translations – e.g. King Leopold's ghost(Danbury)

  • Similar books – e.g. A walk in the woods (Deschutes)

  • Tags and tag browser:Cities of tomorrow (WIT) ; The first way of war (Bowdoin)

    Planned enhancements

  • User reviews

  • User tagging

  • User ratings


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Questions?

[email protected]

http://www.library.qut.edu.au/contacts/staff/k_vollmerhause.jsp

…or just visit LibraryThing and give it a go -

http://www.librarything.com/quickstart.php


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