Saturday, March 29, 2014

Annotations on LibraryThing

While I would include my interviews as part of my top three sources, I'll be posting about them soon, therefore this list is of the top three non-interview sources.

Technology: LibraryThing
Context: K12 Education
Public: Educators

Fontichiaro, K. (2008). Is LibraryThing Actually Useful in a Library Media Center? School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(5), 28–29.
Fontichiarao explains why LibraryThing is useful to library media centers. Her reasoning includes its low cost, easy to use interface, tagging ability, host group conversations, widget, creation of bibliographies, tracking of acquisition habits, recommendations, and inspiring of ideas.

Hvass, A. (2008). Cataloguing with LibraryThing: as easy as 1,2,3! Library Hi Tech News, 25(10), 5–7. doi:
Hvass explains how the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (Scottish CILT) used LibraryThing to catalogue the book collection. She focuses on how LibraryThing fulfilled their need for an easy, inexpensive, collaborative way to organize their materials and how CILT migrated from using Excel spreadsheets to an online resource. In addition, LibraryThing allowed for CILT to embed a widget into the general website, making the print materials much more accessible.

Nelson, A. (2012). Goodreads v. LibraryThing: Part Two. BOOK RIOT. Retrieved March 23, 2014, from
Nelson continues her comparison of Goodreads to LibraryThing through a focus on reviews, author interactions, and other topics. Within this piece, Nelson states LibraryThing is the overall winner for those who want a “serious, accurate, extensive book cataloging tool” while “Goodreads is for people who want Facebook for books.”

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