Wednesday, August 27, 2008

So many books...too many choices!

So, it only took me an HOUR and some help from a co-blogger to finally figure out how to get my LibraryThing widget onto my blog. Yikes. All that and now I don't even know if I'll continue to use LibraryThing!! GoodReads looks prettier--and really, it's that what's most important?? :-)

I think any of these online book cataloging sites are wonderful in their own rights--however, what I am seeing is just how easy it is (or WOULD be...) to spend ALL your free time ONLINE. Between the social networking sites (which I will admit to shunning!), online photo management, reading all your friend's blogs, etc, etc, will anything else EVER get done???

As far as using LibraryThing in libraries--I think it'd be a nice way to do Staff Recommends. Patrons seem to really love it when we do those kinds of displays in the branch--why not take it to the digital and have staff add a book, say monthly, to LibraryThing, that patrons can link to from the website. (you know, that new website that should be up and running sometime in the who-knows-when future!!) This suggestion is similar to the Book Banter account, except I'm thinking more along the lines of a simple 'staff recommends' online 'display'. I hope that makes some sort of sense--I spent way too long trying to figure this out and my brain's kind of foggy!!

Another 'exporation' is seeing what all the twittering is about!!


CarolJen said...

I like the idea of a staff recommends online display!

orangerful said...

I like that idea too, it would be easy to keep updated, especially if we were all involved. Imagine if we had one for Adult, J, Y, and NF! Perhaps it would make patrons want to visit our site more so they don't miss and update.

however, what I am seeing is just how easy it is (or WOULD be...) to spend ALL your free time ONLINE.

And now you understand those people that come into the library and seem to stay on the computer all day! It's probably unintentional! It just all feels so pro-active at the time...