Virtual Browsing: It’s a LibraryThing

In 2005 web developer Tim Spalding  published LibraryThing, an open source cataloging software.  

LibraryThing offers many options the average online library catalog does not. For example, it allows a library’s collection to be browsed via book cover (visually comparable to a game of virtual solitaire); it allows the subject content of a library to be viewed via tag cloud; and it allows users to locate libraries similar to their own. 

Other options offered by LibraryThing include the ability to link to a personal blog or website, the ability to join or create discussion groups, and the ability to write and publish book reviews. 

If you’d like to get an idea of how this innovative cataloging/social software works, feel free to browse NSUBA’s Norton Critical Edition collection at http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=nsubalibrary  

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