November 19, 2006

LibraryThing (originally posted October 8th 2006)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil Godfrey @ 10:20 pm

Have just discovered LibraryThing. It cost me $A35 within about ten minutes when it sucked me into its vortex of addictive endorphic-generating intellectual pleasures of finally finally being able to begin cataloguing my personal book collection, linking up with other compatible collections and readers, combining personal tagging and internationally recognized controlled vocabularies, annotations and reviews…. Just what I’ve always wanted to be able to do all my life!

Just when I’ve been discovering the depth of conviction among some cataloguers and other librarians that the days of controlled vocabularies are dead, not having any place in networked world that finds simply keywords and full text entries all sufficient — along comes LibraryThing to give a little heart to those of us who could not put some doubts about a world, even a mass public catalogue, or especially a mass public catalogue, being “all sufficient” without controlled vocabs. There’s still a long way to go with this, but LibraryThing has surely taken one giant step for mankind to getting there.

Still have a couple of glitches with it, though, that I have to ask about: shared contacts appear to be restricted to either an exact edition or same-online-source of a title; and there appears to be some inconsistency in the searching across different sources — some respond to keywords only while others appear to miss these and require an exact portion of title phrasing.

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