Tuesday, September 29, 2009

1,512 libraries in LibraryThing for Libraries

LibraryThing for Libraries, our enhancements to public and academic library catalogs, continues to advance. The official list shows some 159 "libraries" getting our tags, recommendations and reviews in their catalogs. But many of those 159 "libraries" are really much larger systems.

So, we thought we'd figure out how many individual libraries were using LibraryThing for Libraries, and add them all to LibraryThing Local. It wasn't until we started searching out every member library of every consortium and adding every branch to LibraryThing Local that we realized we had WAY more libraries than we had thought: 1,512!

Some of the biggies include ALS/RSA in Illinois, with over 250 member libraries, NOBLE in Massachusetts, with 28, and the King County Library System in Washington, with 43. Over in Australia, the State Library of Tasmania pretty much covers the island, with some 50 libraries.

LTFL in LibraryThing Local. To get this number, we had to add all the libraries to LibraryThing Local. All LibraryThing for Libraries members get this badge:



We have some other plans for this, of course. But for now we're going to sit backā€”and dream about an around-the-world trip to visit all of them...

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2 Comments:

OpenID Squeakychu said...

Sweet! Good work, Sonya!!

9/29/2009 10:46 AM  
Anonymous andyl said...

Good to see it has grown so much.

My local library doesn't have LTFL but it does link to LT with a line like - "More Information:
View more information in LibraryThing - 37 entries, 1 reviews "

So LT is getting more visibility in catalogues than the LTFL numbers would suggest.

10/03/2009 5:37 AM  

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