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May 19 2008

Embrace Your Inner Librarian

by Nolan R

Librarything_2 So you’re at the Friends of the Library booksale, and you can’t remember if you already own a copy of a particular book.  It’s only a dollar, so you buy it, only to get home and realize you already own not one, but two copies.  If only you’d known about LibraryThing sooner!  Similar to GoodReads, which will help you remember if you’ve already read a book, LibraryThing will help you keep up with which books you actually own.   

According to the website: LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 80 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, “tag” books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection.

By setting up a user name and password, you can input and catalog up to 200 titles for free.  If 200 titles doesn’t quite cover your personal library, then you can pay to catalog unlimited titles ($10/year or $25/lifetime membership).  Memberships are also available for non-profits, book discussion groups, and for-profit companies.  LibraryThing provides options for social networking, local event information, online book discussions and personalized recommendations.  You can check out other people’s libraries for ideas, and even buy an inexpensive barcode scanner if you want to add large numbers of books quickly.  You can view your library online, sort by author, title, subject, call number and more, and create a printable list of your library.

All that, and you don’t even have to sit through a single class in library school!

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