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#8 – Library Thing

Do you ever wish you could keep track what you were reading, what you have already read and books that you MUST read before you die?

Are you looking for a way to create a digital reading log for customers or for your local book group that contains their reviews of what they’ve read?

Do you want recommendations on what to read next?

Do you need to organise a master inventory of the books in your personal library?

Do you want to see what other people who enjoy the same kinds of books that you do are reading? 

 Then LibraryThing may be a great application for you to try out!

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalogue their books easily. You can access your catalogue from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogues together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.


It does not require any software or downloads to run this application

You can set up an account for free that allows you to catalogue up to 200 books.  You may also want to buy a personal account which allows you to catalogue an unlimited amount of books.

Setting up an account requires only a user name and a password. You can also edit your profile to make yours a “private” account. With a private account, nobody else can see what books you have.

LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloguing application based in the US, it searches the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 80 world libraries including the British Library. You can edit your information, search and sort it, “tag” books with your own subjects, or use the Dewey systems to organize your collection.

If you want it, LibraryThing is also a social space for book lovers and readers of all ages, often described as “Facebook for books.” You can check out other people’s libraries, see who has the most similar library to yours, and swap reading suggestions.  LibraryThing also makes book recommendations based on the collective intelligence of the other libraries.

Activities for #8:

1.  Look at the LibraryThing home page

2.  Take a tour of the site

3.  Sign up for a free account on the LibraryThing homepage and set up your profile (you can keep your books private or make them public) and add a few books to your library.

4.  Check out LibraryThing’s tools

5.  Time to blog about your Library Thing experience.  Reflect on the potential relevance of LibraryThing to your personal life, your library, and to library customers.  Are there any particular safety, privacy, or developmental issues to consider?

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