Some Things about LibraryThing

For those of you who don’t know about LibraryThing, it’s a site where you create your very own library catalog, with book information from Amazon, the Library of Congress, and other sources.   But more than that, “everyone catalogs together,” which  sounds like a staff development activity for tech services librarians until you understand LibraryThing’s social side. Every book you add to your catalog connects you with other people on LibraryThing, so you can see their lists, ratings, and reviews.  In addition, LibraryThing recommends books based on tags that members have applied. 

Besides using the ratings and recommendations to get ideas for books to discuss,  there are other  ways LibraryThing can be part of your book group experience. For example, your group can create its own account.  Or you can join an existing  LibraryThing group. Currently, there are groups for sci-fi readers, fantasy readers, mystery readers, historical fiction readers, children’s fiction readers–even for all you  lovers of medieval history and feminist theory.



About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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  1.' Lindsey says:


    Found this posting when I was doing a blog search, looking for LibraryThing buzz. Thanks for mentioning some of the nifty things we do! If anyone has any questions or rants or rhetorical statements about LibraryThing, I can be reached at



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