Whilst doing statistics in Amlib (my Library’s management system), I found some data corruption and decided to fix it. Deciding to update the 50,000 borrowers listed as belonging to Sunshine all at once was probably not my smartest ever idea. Due to this, I now have quite a bit of time to kill whilst the system does its thang.
I am lucky enough to be in charge of Amlib at Brimbank. I get to do exciting things like running reports, pulling out statistics and deciding whether or not we have the ability to do x, y or z. I also have the lovely task of fixing it when I screw it up (not if). Due to this, I went to an Amlib usergroup meeting last week at Cheltenham Library.
One of the items I was fascinated with was integrating LibraryThing data into our online catalogue. The demonstration by Kingston Library was VERY impressive. For quite a low cost, LibraryThing will show various ‘user-created’ items such as tags and links to similar items. This wasn’t that impressive (Global Books in Print will do that). What was impressive is that it will only show similar books that are already held by the library. I honestly can’t remember if it did this by searching the catalogue for the books (z39.50 protocol) or by uploading a list of the books each week. If it’s a list of the books then I might have to get off my arse and get the LibrariesAustralia deletions working (don’t ask, LibAust irritate me sometimes).
If you’re interested in having a look, head to the Kingston Library Catalogue and perform a title search for the book jPod. If you click on the title of the book, you will be taken to the full catalogue record which SHOULD load the LibraryThing data. Unfortunately Kingston’s catalogue is rather slow so it may take you a while to get there (and then, today, it wouldn’t load the LibraryThing data). Impressive nonetheless.