There’s a good overview of LibraryThing in today’s free Wall Street Journal. LibraryThing is a social software site for books. I remember looking at it about a year ago and being like, yeah whateva. I don’t have much time to read never mind catalog, review, and tag my books. I’m not sure I care that much about finding other sick individuals who have the same tastes as me, and the whole privacy thing gives me the creeps. Yes you can use an alias but won’t you be found out eventually? And then there’s the P.J. O’Rourke problem–”always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” Maybe I’m just being grumpy and the site is incredibly popular, so perhaps LibraryThing deserves a second look. Any academic librarians out there using LibraryThing? Anybody use it in their library somehow? On the blog Thingology I noticed a detailed discussion (written by Abby, the LibraryThing librarian) about the pros and cons of subject headings and tags that I plan to incorporate into my lessons on subject headings. LibraryThing is worth checking out, but notice that the WSJ has the article under the headline “Time Waster.”
Posted: June 27, 2006 by Marc Meola
in Worth Reading.