LibraryThing Tutorial

This past week I had been working on my LibraryThing tutorial for my social media for librarians course. I have been a member of the site since 2011 but I learned during the making of this tutorial that there are a lot of things I didn’t know. Here are a few things I learned:

  1. The site’s recommendations are out of this world! I had never thought to look at the recommendations that were offered with the books I added to my collection, and now I realize what I had been missing out on. There are recommendations based on all your books, on individual books (offering read-alike books), book recommendations by members (based on the books that you have already read and what they recommend you read next) and my favorite: the UN-suggester. It looks at all the books in your collection and offers a list of books that are the complete opposite. It’s a very adventurous tool that I really like because you come across books you would never have even thought to search for. It reminds me of browsing the bookshelves at a library, you have no control over what will show up but you might like what you find there.
  2. Searching for books via tags is very effective. Tags are created by individual members and there are tag clouds on the pages of every book. You can also search for books based on library subjects but I found the tags to be more friendly. Once you click on a tag it takes you to that tag’s page and the top books under that tag and provides an area for related tags. In that way you can jump from tag to tag until you find an interesting read. You can also tag the books in your collection and search your own collections via tags.
  3. LibraryThing Local is a service where you can find events and venues in your area related to books and reading; it even provides a little map. I really love this because instead of checking the individual sites of all these venues for events it’s all conveniently right there. Also, if you favorite a venue then you are automatically updated when they register new events.
  4. Finally, there is the LibraryThing Early Reviewers which is a really cool service that you can sign up for as a member and they send you newly published books for you to review. If you complete the review then you may keep the book. That really surprised me when I saw it because I never thought they provide that for their users but they do and I’ve always wanted to be one of the first people to review a book. Every month they come up with new books for you to sign up for and you get as many books as you register for (as long as supplies last).

You think you know a site! This has definitely inspired me to go and investigate other sites I’m on to see if I’m missing out on anything. I’ll let you know if I find anything useful but, anyways, enough with the spoilers here’s my tutorial. Enjoy!

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