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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Blogger Randy Orrison said...

Is this a LibraryThing for Libraries product, or is it for everyone? Can I see my LibraryThing catalog on my iPhone?

1/16/2010 2:13 PM  
Anonymous carport said...

I'm ready to try it now! I'm unloading boxes of books to new bookshelves (in a room without a computer), and would love to be able to verify that they're in my LT catalog. Thank you, Tim.

1/16/2010 4:01 PM  
Blogger Casey Durfee said...

Library Anywhere is a product we're selling to library systems. It's not a tool to browse your personal LibraryThing catalog from a mobile phone.

We already have a (limited) mobile interface for here:

1/16/2010 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand that creating additions to LTFL increases the revenue for LT, but honestly it is seeming like the regular LT users are kind of getting the shaft a bit. The /m/ library thing is woefully behind the times in presentation and usability. The whole reason LTFL has been a success is that it allows libraries to leverage the wealth of data supplied by the library thing users as a whole. How about a little love for the little guy? The ability to view my catalog from my iphone would be awesome, not to mention incorporating a bar code scanner/add to my collection type of thing (see Amazon iphone app).

Love LT, just saying regular (i.e., not libraries) users helped you all become what you are today, throw us a bone...

1/19/2010 12:20 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Thanks for the note. It's not for nothing that we're getting into mobile more strongly. We certainly intend to do more on the side. The problem there is the Amazon Terms of Use, which prohibit the use of their data in apps. We can still make a mobile *web* version of the site, but our hope is to solve the problem in a way that's better than that.

1/19/2010 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Does this work with an Innovative opac? (not Encore) If so, how? ;)

1/20/2010 3:11 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

It does. Magic. It works by magic.

1/20/2010 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

LOL! Looking forward to seeing it in action...

1/20/2010 4:09 PM  
Blogger vj said...


1/20/2010 5:06 PM  
Blogger The Short Stack Librarian said...

I'd love to try this out for my library!

1/20/2010 6:21 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

vj—yes, it works for Polaris.

Short Stack—email me (abby at and I'll get you more details.

1/21/2010 10:38 AM  
Blogger the unquiet librarian said...

Do you know if this will work with Follett Destiny 9.5 OPAC? (Destiny Library Manager). Thank you!

Buffy Hamilton

1/26/2010 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Jakob Voss said...

Can you give any more details about the technical requirements? "Works with 90% of current OPACs" may also mean that your library is in the remaining 10%. Which of Z39.50, SRU, OpenSearch, MARC, Dublin Core do you need? Or can you say that all OPACS that are currently searchable in the import function in LibraryThing will work without additional requirements? Do you include information about the holdings and the current availability status - there is no standard way to get this (beside the suggested Document Availability Information API (DAIA))?

1/27/2010 9:07 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Follett Destiny—yes.

1/27/2010 11:07 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

I'd like to see it for our collection since we have such colorful books--can't wait for that day!

1/27/2010 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/29/2010 3:50 PM  
Blogger KimGriggs said...

Would love to see more screenshots, a video, or test environment.

Also I appreciate your transparency with the prices. It would be great if you could be as transparent with the technology. There is no such thing as magic so a little bit of detail would be awesome.


2/16/2010 6:55 PM  
OpenID jimmythegeek said...

I'm the Technology Coordinator for the Goodnight Memorial Library in Franklin, KY. We'd like to be a beta tester for you.

3/03/2010 2:02 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

Hi Jimmy,

Send me an email? abby (at)

3/04/2010 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

How do I sign my library up to be a beta library?

3/19/2010 11:01 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Michelle—you email me.

3/19/2010 11:05 AM  

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