#12 Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your books.
Are you book lover or cataloger at heart? Or do you enjoy finding lost and forgotten gems on the shelf to read? Then LibraryThing may be just the tool for you. Developed for booklovers, this online tool allows you to easily create an online catalog of your own. And what makes it even more special is its social networking component – once you’ve entered your books, you get to see everyone else’s via book titles, authors, and the tags you assign to each entry. Add a book to your catalog by just entering the title – it’s so easy that you don’t even need MARC record training to do it – or connect with other users through your similar reading tastes.
LibraryThing has tabs which provide you quick access a wealth of information including featured authors, recently added books, local book events, what’s popular this month, reviews, discussion boards, members with your books, and what happened on this day in books.
Not just for personal collections, libraries have started using LibraryThing as well. Small libraries are using LibraryThing to catalog their collections. Libraries can add the LibraryThing widget to their web pages or blogs to recommend books and list new titles, or install a LibraryThing Search box (instructions are here). Being a non-commercial site makes LibraryThing a good option for libraries.
There are lots of ways to use LibraryThing. You can even view your books on a virtual shelf.
So why not join the ranks and create your own library online? With over 459,380 registered users (LibraryThing also has group forum for librarians) and 29 million books cataloged, you’re bound to discover something new.
- About LibraryThing
- Library Thing tour
- LibraryThing tools (widgets, search boxes, and more)
- LibraryThing blog (updates & news)
- Thingology blog (“LibraryThing’s ideas blog, on the philosophy and methods of tags, libraries and suchnot.”)
Some Libraries using LibraryThing:
- Take a look around LibraryThing and create an account.
- Add a least 5 books to your library.Type in Author, Title, or ISBN then select your book from the list that pops up.
If your book or edition doesn’t come up, you can build a new record for it from scratch by clicking ‘Add the book manually.’
Tag your books.
Write reviews of your books.
- Blog about your findings and be sure to link to your LibraryThing catalog.
- Already have a LibraryThing account and want to try something new? Give Shelfari or GuruLib a try instead.