Monday, March 30, 2009

LibraryThing at Computers In Libraries 2009

LibraryThing, your favorite makers of libraries in computers, will be at Computers in Libraries this week. We'll be passing out free stuff and showing off our new LibraryThing for Libraries feature so if you're at CIL, stop by booth 214 and say hi. Unfortunately, we're rhino-less this time, but we do have T-shirts and laptop stickers (and Tim.)

Our new feature allows our catalog enhancements to run even on items that don't have an ISBN. Check it out in action on this 1948 edition of Tom Jones, or this 1937 edition of David Copperfield

There's no ISBN on those items, but our code is still smart enough to load the right tags and recommendations info. It uses a combination of our new What Work API and the LibraryThing Connector (the JavaScript that powers LTFL) to pull title and author information out of the catalog's HTML and then match it against our system. This new feature should help our academic libraries in particular, since they tend to have a lot of older pre-ISBN books.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love to be there but it is a long way across the pond! When can we get lap top stickers?????

3/30/2009 3:40 PM  
Blogger Norabelle said...

I live right near there, and I've been waiting and waiting for you to come to DC, but I'm away at school 500 miles away :-(

3/30/2009 3:55 PM  
Blogger Miss Abigail said...

Curious - might some of this functionality eventually translate to bulk importing of books without ISBNs? (the majority of my collection)

3/31/2009 10:44 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Miss Abigail, Yes you can. To make this work you have to name the fields in your spreadsheet so that they are recognized by the import engine.

We have a sample file here http://www.librarything.com/LibraryThingSample.csv

Feel free to email me if you need any help. If so please send me a copy of your spreadsheet.

-Mike

4/06/2009 2:56 PM  

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