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Photo - MicroSoft ClipartAre 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 book lovers, this online tool not only allows you to easily create an online catalog of your own but can also connect you to other people who have similar libraries and reading tastes.


Add a book to your catalog by just entering the title – it’s so easy and you don’t need MARC record training to do it! – or connect with other users through your similar reading tastes.  There are lots of ways to use LibraryThing.  You can even view your books on a virtual shelf, add a widget to display titles that are in your catalog or install a LT Search box on your blog.


How are libraries using LibraryThing? By combining their traditional online catalog with user-generated tags, making the catalog more interactive--and therefore more 2.0. Here is one example (see the tags at the bottom of this record from Danbury Library's catalog).


So why not join the ranks and create your own library online?  With over 65,000 registered users and over 4.7 million cataloged books you're bound to discover something new!  BTW: LibraryThing also has group forum for librarians!


Discovery Resources



Discovery Exercise


  1. Take a look around LibraryThing and create an account.
  2. Add a least 5 books to your library.
  3. Blog about your findings (can you find any public libraries in LibraryThing?!) and be sure to link to your LibraryThing catalog. 



Tracking Your Progress


Congratulations!  You're now done with the ninth BPL 2.0 exercise!  Now send your email to beckert@bouldercolorado.gov with the URL for the permanent link to your blog post about LibraryThing to get credit for your work. 

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