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Social Cataloging: Goodreads & Library Thing

12 Nov

As someone who has around 300 books in their personal collection, I find sites such as Goodreads and Library Thing to be very useful to say the least. I have been using Goodreads for around a year and a half now, and although I had a Library Thing account for just as long I am just now coming around to using it again. Why? Glad you asked!

Even before I started my MLIS degree I was looking for a way to organize my books as well as a way to keep track of what books I have read and what I thought of them. I came across Library Thing first and played with it but for some reason dropped it and found Goodreads instead. I am not sure why I did that at the time, but now that I have been playing with them both here is what I think of both of them.

Goodreads

To get straight to is, I like Goodreads (GR) for their social aspect. I have it linked with my Facebook account so whenever I update my status on GR it updates on Facebook as well. I also have it set up so that when my Facebook friends create an account on GR they are automatically added to my friends list. It makes finding and following friends much easier.

I created this account for the sole purpose of helping me remember what books I have read and to keep a running tally of books that I want to read. It has a great, easy to use interface that is very welcoming to the new user. I won’t waste a ton of time here discussing how to use the website because a quick trip over there and five minutes of playing and you will just about be a pro! Within a few minutes of playing around you can add all the books you remember reading as well as adjust the edition of the books so that it reflects the exact copy you read (admittedly this is a bit gimmicky but also very fun).

When you select your book’s edition and add it to your “Currently Reading” list you are able to update your reading progress so that you can track how much you have read and when. Then when you have marked the book as “Read” you can write a review and rate it (5 star rating system) so that your friends can read it, or even the public if you have your settings programmed that way.

I love GRs for tracking my reading progress, however I don’t find GR very good for cataloging my own library. This is where Library Thing shines.

Library Thing

When I first playing with Library Thing (LT) I didn’t care for it much. I didn’t like the layout and the HTML feel of the site nor did I see a way to do what Goodreads did which was updating reading progress. However, now that I have gone back and looked through what LT offers it meets different needs. Although I still don’t see a way to notate reading progress (which may be there, but I haven’t played enough to find it) but what I do see, is a way to catalog a personal library.

This may sound unexciting, but it was a problem I had been facing for a while. As I stated above I have around 300 books and no real why to keep track of them. I tried to create an Excel spreadsheet which worked OK for a while, but it was very time-consuming (especially because I had to look up the call number I wanted to use which took quite a while) and very annoying to update. But LT is quite easy, again I won’t go into all the details because it is easy enough to play and figure it out.

When you search for your book you can choose the edition and all the details, but the best part is that you can choose how and what details you want shown. You can choose to show the Title, Author, ISBN, LC Call number, reviews, etc. etc. It also links to various book sites like Worldcat.org, amazon.com, google books, and Audible.com. This doesn’t make for good social sharing but it does help a Bibliophile like myself organize what I have at home!

 

So basically, both sites are great! They help users document what they have read and interact with fellow readers.

 

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…One Giant Leap!

16 Oct

First things first… New layout!! Woohoo! It was time for an upgrade 😉

Secondly, sorry about the lack of postings, I JUST TOOK FREAKING COMPS! But I am not really able to talk about it until after they are graded (I am pretty sure that is how that works… who knows).

Anyway, I am off to pass out from exhaustion and give my poor hands a break from typing. lol JK!

Yeah I wish, I have more homework to complete 😉

23 Things: Part 2

10 Sep

8. Learn about RSS feeds and setup your own Bloglines newsreader account. Ok so I tried, I did. I registered for a bloglines account and imported (very slowly I might add) a few of the blogs I read, and I must say I did not like it very much at all. I am currently using Google Reader and I am accustomed to their formatting and such, and you know what, I like it. So I think I will continue using it! But I do love my RSS feeds and reader! 🙂 What I like most is keeping up to date on what’s happening in my field. I have several blogs I follow which deal with general library information, some that talk about conservation and preservation, and a few that deal with purely entertaining me. I think that as long as there are people around to blog, there will be a need for RSS feeds. As for their use in Libraries I think that depends on the person who is to use them. I think they are good for reference if you are following a blog that is acknowledged in the academic community for being accurate and appropriate. I don’t know that I would use them for ready reference or anything, but maybe more for networking and continuing education.

9. Locate a few useful library related blogs and/or news feeds. Actually last week I came across and starred a blog post from Hack Library School that was titled LIS Blogs to Read. How appropriate! They must have known I was looking for more! 🙂 Of the 10 suggested blogs posted I added…well, all 10 actually. But of all of the blogs I follow my favorites are Hack Library School, A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette, Library Webinars, and The Travelin’ Librarian just to name a few. I like Hack Library School because they frequently have good tips on all things Library School like internships, jobs, and even some inspiration if you are feeling overwhelmed. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette is a great site to make you smile. They have some awesome jokes and sayings that will make your day when you are sick of reading journal articles and textbooks. Library Webinars is great for the simple reason that it is a site that puts webinars in all one place. It makes looking for a webinar simple. And Lastly The Travelin’ Librarian is awesome because Michael Sauers has fantastic content. He is a Librarian in Nebraska who loves Google as much as I do. (I know it isn’t always the best source but it is a great jumping off point.) So there they are! My favorite RSS feeds, I hope you get a chance to check them out and add them to your own.

10. Play around with an online image generator. So the two generators I picked were The Generator Blog and Big Huge Labs. At the Generator Blog I played around with the ifaketext.com option where I created this awesome screen capture. I think this would be cool for posters or signs to hang around the library or for other outreach. Big Huge Labs had motivational poster generator where this came to life!Bibliophile

11. Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your favorite books. Ok, once again I feel like a snob because I prefer Goodreads over Library Thing. There isn’t really a huge difference but I already have all my books on Goodreads.

12. Roll your own search tool with Rollyo.  So basically with this site you register then are able to construct a search roll for any subject you want!!! How cool! This is great because you are able to search up to 25 sites that you trust and that you picked to search through. So I am able to search ALA, SAA, and who ever else I want. This is getting book marked for sure.

13. Learn about tagging and discover a Del.icio.us (a social bookmaking site). This is also a fantastic resource. You are able to bookmark the websites that you like ANYWHERE that you are! This is great! It will save me the trouble of emailing myself 10 websites a day to check out later. (lol am I the only one who does this?)

14. Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts. I think the best thing about Technorati is the tags page. This allows you to look through their top tags and see what people are looking at and writing about today. I think this is pretty nifty. I do think that I will come check the rest of this site out later when I have a bit more time as I feel they have more to offer than what I am currently able to discover.

That’s all I have for now. Keep a look out for the last bit of 23 things .

23 Things: Part 1

7 Sep

So this post, and I am sure some others that will follow, are going to be part of an assignment for my Foundations of Library Science course. We are to go to this blog, http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/, and follow the 23 things and update as we go.

As I already have a blog, I won’t be creating a new one for this assignment but rather utilizing what I already have. So here goes!

  1. Read this blog & find out about the program. Check! Basically this adventure will lead to me being able to utilize more technologies that will help me in my future career as a Librarian. Sweet!
  2. Discover a few pointers from lifelong learners and learn how to nurture your own learning process. I really liked the 7.5 habits of successful learners and I hope I can say, without sounding cocky, that I have been doing a lot of these already! Now I just need to get that certificate to print out so that I can sign it…
  3. Set up your own blog & add your first post. Done! 🙂 Hello World!
  4. Register your blog on PLCMC Central and begin your Learning 2.0 journey. I attempted this but alas was unable to register it. I think that maybe the registration was closed? Let me know if this is incorrect so that I can update if necessary!
  5. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site. Luckily I have been using Flickr for years! And I LOVE it! www.flickr.com/highlander411/sets. My favorite thing about flickr is that once you have uploaded the pictures you send your family and friends the link and they can order prints and see all the pictures that you have. This worked really well for my wedding, as it was a destination wedding and no family was able to make it. But they saw the pictures as they were uploaded later that day.
  6. Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites. This was the first time I played with the mashups. I really really really like the Librarian trading cards! How cool is that?! http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/librariantradingcard/clusters/. I am definitely going to find a way to make use of the trading cards….
  7. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week. This week happens to fall on my birthday, so my favorite technology thing is going to have to include my present from my awesome husband. I have been wanting a tablet of sorts for some time, but could never decide if I wanted to get a tablet or an e-reader. There are benefits to both like the Kindle has the screen that is easy on the eyes and you can have thousands of books at your finger tips, but you really can’t do anything but read on it. However the tablet has multiple uses. It can be a reader, a computer, a notebook, etc. So I was gifted the Samsung Galaxy Tablet which allows me to have apps where I am able to follow all my blogs with Google reader, I can check my mail, read books, and do anything a laptop can do. It is fanastic! And the best part is it is light and easy to carry around which is great because I have a ton of books to lug around in Grad School. 🙂

Ok so I think that is a long enough post for now. I will be back later with some more of my 23 Things!

Graduate School

24 Aug

I am very happy to announce that I have been officially accepted into Grad school for my Masters in Library and Information Sciences degree! Today is the first day of classes and I am super stoked to have this opportunity.

So… I am attending the University of South Florida for my MLIS and will be graduating (hopefully) in 4 semesters! Wish me luck!

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