Thing 16 (Week 7): LibraryThing - Where Books Meet Web 2.0


Introduction

As long as you don't hate books, this will be a fun one. (If you do hate books, please don't tell me).external image Z_xAlDko8Elua3H6g8SUIh0ChuifPyJuRxmG7KfuMZFvhARzivIlpBSe_jbG5s2pcFrYP2xsrLdPtiYCaucJcJRJl1kC8RNeWFWlJn2tisQQqfN2lw __LibraryThing__ is a great example of how a website can incorporate tagging and other social features to connect people, ideas and information. __LibraryThing__ allows users to catalog AND share their book collections (up to 200 titles for free, $25 for LIFE), to connect with readers sharing similar collections and interests, and to find new books based on recommendations, favorite titles, authors, browsing and serendipity! Cataloguing books is as easy as typing the title, author or ISBN number to access the book's complete information from Amazon, Library of Congress and Open Access library records, including cover images and Dewey Decimal numbers. Users can tag their books, post book reviews and discussion topics, and join or create public or private groups for virtual conversation on any topic/theme of book-related interest. And, of course, users can keep track of group postings using RSS!

And, just in case this is interesting to you, in 2007, LibraryThing held a contest:


"In honor of hitting the big 10 million book mark this week, we're having a book pile contest bonanza. We're combining three contests into one here—Valentine's Day, President's Day, and of course, ten million books. The challenge. Start taking pictures. Your book piles can be love themed, president themed, or just the coolest dang book photo you can create."

Here are some of the entries as tagged in Flickr:
__http://flickr.com/photos/tags/librarything10mil/__

If it's not obvious yet, this SOCIAL thing is a Web 2.0 theme...



Discovery Exercise


Check out LibraryThing! (You are not required to JOIN).

PART 1:Take the __Library Thing Tour__

PART 2: Explore LibraryThing
Some suggestions for exploration:


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Task

Write a blog post sharing about your LibraryThing experience. Can you imagine any ways you might use LibraryThing for professional, personal or classroom learning or organization? Be sure to include "Thing 16" in your post title.

Stretch Task

Create a __LibraryThing__ account (no email necessary!) and catalog 10-15 of your books. Or, check out __Shelfari__, LibraryThing's slick cousin!