Wednesday, January 09, 2008

LTFL at 33 34 36 / Abby and Tim at ALA

Casey has just updated our list of LibraryThing for Libraries customers. We've hit 33 libraries, which is wonderful. (See the full list.) With no sales force and only half a developer, that's fantastic. LTFL is clearly starting to matter in the library world. We will be adding resources to it accordingly, and look forward to finding out more about what current and potential libraries want from it.

Not coincidentally, Abby and I are going to ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia. We didn't buy a booth; they've expensive and tie you down a lot. Instead, we'll be going to as many talks as we can, meeting with people and describing cheesesteaks as a "business expense." If you're at ALA and want to chat in passing or over a beer, let us know.

Contact details:
cell: 207 272-0553 (note area code 207, not 208, as first posted!)

UPDATE: Thirty-FOUR. As Casey whooped: "I totally outsold Jesus" (source). Then Casey dropped dead.
UPDATE 2: Thirty six. Holy smokes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're selling lots, but search is completely nonfunctional as I read this.

1/11/2008 4:21 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Sorry for this. Which search are you talking about—site-wide or your catalog. Drop me your userid?


1/11/2008 4:36 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Ahhh, The Onion. It's great.

1/16/2008 1:13 PM  
OpenID said...

Where are all the European libraries? Ok, there is Dublin, Ireland but how about France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Scandinavia...? Has someone from old Europa at least contacted you? Germans largest library related blog regularly mentions LT and I wrote an article in a Library magazine but the longer I wait the more I think we have to wait until the non-digital generation of librarians get retired until something really changes :-(

1/21/2008 3:48 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Interesting question. We've had some interest from Scandinavia. Otherwise, not so much.

Unfortunately, LTFL is best where we have a lot of users and data. That's been harder for the European biggest. France and Germany aren't that into open Z39.50 connections to library data. There are at least ten times as many open Danish libraries as German ones, for example...


1/21/2008 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jakob and Tim, I think like with the single-user site, localisation might be crucial...--Having a site in your language just makes it easier to access and understand the info, even for librarians.
Are you thinking of having the LTFL pages translated, Tim? You know, we are good at this ;-)

1/22/2008 9:48 AM  

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