As readers of this blog will know, the VHL has been on LibraryThing since November, adding our new acquisitions each month. I don’t know how many of our readers are LibraryThing users (or Thingamabrarians, as I believe we are referred to) but I am a huge fan of LibraryThing. I have my personal book collection on there too (for which I either hang my head in shame or proudly proclaim my geekiness, depending on how you view such things), and I am loving the new developments they are constantly bringing out. The latest of these is LibraryThing Local, which basically adds listings of libraries, bookshops and literary festivals to LibraryThing, searchable by location. You can find the VHL here, and you can add us as a favourite library on your LibraryThing profile. Or even befriend us as a fellow Thingamabrarian!
Happy New Year to all our readers! The library is now open again for 2008.
A couple of bits of news to start off the new year:
- The photocopier is, alas, still not fixed, but we are getting a new photocopier on Monday (7th January)! Apologies for the extended lack of service (believe me, we have been every bit as frustrated as you), but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.
- There is a new online enquiry service for Oxford University Library Services which can be found at http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/ask. It is designed to be used for general enquiries or when you’re not sure which library/librarian to ask.
- And I thought some of our readers might be interested to know that Thomas Jefferson’s library is now on LibraryThing. You can now browse 4,889 books that he owned (even according to his own classification system), read 187 reviews that he wrote and see all sorts of statistics about his books. A bit of fun for the new year!
As part of our VHL 2.0 experiment, we have created an account for the library on LibraryThing. LibraryThing, for anyone not already aware, is a social cataloguing site, and thus combines the power of ‘proper’ cataloguing with the collective knowledge of its users, who can add all sorts of spangly web 2.0 type things – tags, reviews, ratings – and link to each others’ libraries to see what other people are reading, get recommendations and talk about books. A bibliophile’s paradise, in other words! Now obviously, we do have a proper catalogue for all our books, but we thought that our readers might also like to have the access to the extra social data from the LibraryThing hive mind for books we have recently acquired. I have therefore just uploaded our new accessions list for November (also available with links to OLIS on our website), and this can be viewed on LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/vhllib, or via the lovely new blog widget on the sidebar here. Links will also be created directly from our webpage, and if you use RSS feeds, then you can subscribe to our new books with this url: http://www.librarything.com/rss/recent/vhllib.
As with all our web 2.0 experimental features, we’d love to get your feedback about whether this is useful, and also encourage any of our readers who librarything themselves to link to us.