VHL on LibraryThing Local

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!

(and a reminder, we’re available to be friended on del.icio.us and Facebook too, if anyone feels so inclined…)

New Year News

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:

VHL on LibraryThing

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.