LibraryThing, with changes in the works, continues to innovate and, seemingly, assist public libraries with improvements to their catalog.

I do take issue with their claims of “cataloging” by individual users. I think cataloging requires special training and experience while tagging can be done by anyone. Critics may claim that cataloging the librarian way is too time consuming and old fashioned, but look at the web. With a little controlled vocabularly and librarian-cataloging, the search engines could retrieve results that were more targeted.

clipped from www.libraryjournal.com

LibraryThing Releases One Million Free Covers
  • One million free cover images available for download and display in library OPACs
  • 30 million items cataloged by LibraryThing users to surpass LC collection size
  • Amazon.com to acquire minority stake in LibraryThing upon completion of AbeBooks purchase
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