I can’t believe it’s been 14 weeks, everyone deserves congratulations! Amanda McConnell, Circulation Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library, and Erin Downey Howerton, School Liaison with the Johnson County Library, will be your guides for this week.
Introduction- Over time we’ve seen bookstore websites and library catalogs increasingly grow in function and add new options for browsing and interactivity. This week we’re looking at some 2.0 tools aimed at book lovers. Whether you think of it as social networking for readers, social cataloging, or personal library tools, sites such as Library Thing, Shelfari, Goodreads, and others are allowing readers to connect in new ways. We’ll tour some sites used to organize a collection, track personal reading histories, and discover a wealth of information about books and readers. Did you know?
- LibraryThing has well over 500 reviews of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone including reviews in 10+ languages and shows the many different covers that were released.
- There’s a community of people waiting to help you remember the name of that YA ghost story set in Wisconsin with an El Camino…
- LibraryThing’s Zeitgeist shows David Sedaris among the top 75 authors just edging out Virginia Woolf and coming in right behind William Gibson based on holdings in member libraries.
- 7, 315 members belong to a group called Librarians who LibraryThing.
Sharing/Productivity/Community- I’m sure many of us might appreciate the efficiency gained by having a catalog of the books we own. An easily accessible log of what we’ve read and our impressions of it could also be a handy personal or professional tool. As a reader, these tools could be another way to find that next book, find readers with similar interests, and share & discuss your reading. The large community of users allows you access to people and comparative information in a way that was not possible before.
- Launched in 2006 and bought by Amazon in 2008
- Quick Highlights Tour
- There is a shelfari app on facebook, but several users are having difficulty with it.
- How to Add Shelfari to your blogger blog (Usually works like a charm, but in case you’re not getting the shelf, only a link, try copying and pasting the widget code instead of clicking on “blogger” as suggested here.)
- Founded by Otis Chandler near the end of 2006
- How it works
- Special Librarian Status to edit
- Great detailed how-to screencast by Erin Downey Howerton
For more details, check out this Comparison Chart for LibraryThing, Shelfari, and Goodreads compiled by Jody Wurl @ Hennepin County Library. Or check out some of the many other tools out there:
- Google Books My Library Added in 2007 according to google books history
- Anobii Originating from Hong Kong in 2005 the name is short for bookworm
- Book Jetty Tour this site founded by Herryanto Siatono in Singapore
- We Read Not very old, this application is usable on many social networking sites
- Along with literally hundreds of other online resources for book lovers… I’m sure others here have many other favorites.
A) Create an account on Shelfari. Add to your profile and bookshelf as much as you wish. Explore the site and write about your experience on your blog. Easy Get Started Guide.
Or B) Choose your own project. Explore any of the sites above further. If you already have an account, add to it, or try something new. Write about your experience on your blog.
Have fun! Share your two cents and vote for your favorite tool.