Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Library Anywhere Prices (Public!)

As we announced last week at ALA Midwinter, we're about to come out with "Library Anywhere"—a mobile catalog for any library. In short, it provides a mobile catalog, both mobile web and native apps (see the handout).

Price List. We promised that Library Anywhere wouldn't just be cheap, but that we would have published prices. This is a pretty big deal in the library world, where wiggly, negotiable prices and hidden formulae are the norm.

LibraryThing Anywhere Price List!

We key off buildings and locations, to be as dead-simple as possible. It's an annual subscription fee.

$150, plus $50 for each additional location

Public libraries
$350 for main library, plus $50 per branch

Two and four-year colleges
$750, plus $150 for each additional library building

$1,000, plus $150 for each additional library building

We're confident this is 1/4 to 1/2 the price of our competition. This makes us very happy. It should also be a good deal better.

Beta Libraries Wanted. We're still looking for beta libraries, especially for some systems. Contact abby@librarything.com if interested.

For ordering information contact Peder Christensen at Bowker—toll-free at 877-340-2400 or email Peder.Christensen@bowker.com.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Library Anywhere, a mobile catalog for everyone

Following on our announcement of Shelf Browse, here's another new product. We think this one's a pretty big deal.

Announcing Library Anywhere! Check it out on our ALA handout (available here).
  • A mobile catalog for any library, up and running in minutes.
  • Mobile web and apps for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.
  • Cheaper than you'd guess.
  • Search, place holds, and more.
  • Showcase hours, branches, and events.
  • No installation process.
  • Works with 90% of current OPACs.
  • Comes with an "accessible version" that provides a fully Section 508-compliant version of your existing catalog.
Unlike Shelf Browse, available now, Library Anywhere is "coming soon." So, we're looking for beta libraries.

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New stuff: Shelf Browse

If you're at the American Library Association in Boston, come check us out (booth 1208).

We're going to be showing a bunch of new products. First up is "Shelf Browse," another enhancement for LibraryThing for Libraries.

As our ALA handout (available here) puts it:
"Browse your library’s shelves visually, just as you would do in the physical library. Shelf Browse lets your patrons see where a book sits on your actual shelves, and what’s near it. It includes a “mini-browser” that sits on your detail pages, and a full-screen version, launched from the detail page.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

LibraryThing at ALA Midwinter

We're at ALA Midwinter in Boston this weekend—come by and talk to us! We're in booth 1208 (look for the rhinos).

We'll be showing off LibraryThing for Libraries—reviews, tags, recommendations and some big new features.

New features
  • Shelf Browse for your OPAC. It shows your covers on a virtual "shelf" for browsing—just as you would do in the physical library. Shelf Browse lets you see where a book sits on your actual shelves, and what's near it.

  • Library Anywhere: A mobile catalog for everyone. Library Anywhere gives you a web version of your OPAC optimized for cell phones, as well as native applications for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. It requires no installation, and will be cheap.

  • Scoping for Consortia. LTFL now has improved consortium support which allows for "scoping"—patrons searching within a scoped location will only see, for example, LTFL recommending books that are held at that location.
This is just a quick overview, we'll blog each of these in much more depth in a few days, stay tuned for more details and screenshots. Or just stop by the booth and we'll show everything to you in action.

Saturday after the show, come have some baked brie and talk books and libraries with us.
  • Saturday the 16th, 5:30-8pm at The Green Dragon Tavern.
Appetizers, drinks, and good conversation. Details in this blog post. We'll also have little cards with directions at the booth.

Free exhibit passes
If you just want to go to the exhibit hall (no sessions), you can get a free pass here.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Crosspost: LibraryThing party in Boston

Crossposted from the LibraryThing blog:

LibraryThing party in Boston:
Gather with librarians and LibraryThing members alike to eat, drink and talk books.

Date: January 16th, 2010
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm
Location: The Green Dragon (see Local event) – 11 Marshall St Boston, MA 02108
Updates: Follow @conferencething on Twitter

We'll be at the ALA midwinter conference exhibit hall at booth 1208, so stop by to say hi and grab a flier with info and directions.

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ALA Midwinter—free exhibit passes

We'll be at ALA Midwinter this weekend, and so should you! We have free passes to give out (to the exhibits only) if anyone in the Boston area wants to attend.

You just have to go here and register.

While you're there, stop by to say hi. We'll be in booth 1208—just look for the rhinos.

More announcements coming soon, including a few new LibraryThing for Libraries features, and an update on the party we're hosting Saturday evening. Stay tuned.

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