Many online applications have developed for book lovers to organize their collections, participate in book groups, share and collaborate. Check these out:
|This site not only allows you to easily create an online catalog of your own books, it also connects you to other people who have similar libraries and reading tastes. Explore:About LibraryThing, Library Thing tourAnd discover Librarians who LibraryThing|
|You can catalogue your own books, list what you’re reading have read or want to read. You can review books, tag them, rate them and add a widget to your blog. You can be linked to Amazon to purchase & you can search library catalogues!|
|A community dedicated to books and book clubs. Find reviews, discussion guides or take a course.|
|A virtual library where you can browse everyone’s bookshelves, read their reviews and book ratings, join discussion groups or start a book club.|
LibraryThing and Libraries
Examples of how public libraries use LibraryThing for Libraries to enhance their catalogs
- Danbury Public Library
- Westport Public Library
- Truman Public Library
- San Francisco State University
- Listing of LibraryThing Libraries – Other Libraries
And how about sites for our favorite authors? Check these out:
Authors on the Web and AuthorYellowPages are put together by TheBookReportNetwork.com, which also created ReadingGroupGuides.com, an online community for reading groups, and Bookreporter.com, a great place to get to know more about your favorite authors, as well as several other reading-related sites.
Explore the sites above. Choose one and create an account.
- Develop a library with at least 5 books, and invite a colleague to share their reviews/comments
- Considerations for your blog this week: Include a link to the library you created. Which one did you like best? Where there features missing that you wished had been there? Are you aware of any other libraries using these tools? Any ideas for applications at a public library?