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ACROSS MY DESK: LibraryThing.com

DearREADERS,

From the 10 April 2006 Ancestry Weekly Journal, edited by Juliana Szucs Smith we read about a service to assist you in cataloging the books in your personal library using an online service www.librarything.com described by Marnie Oakes under the category "quick tips." This service is a lot less expensive than programs which reside on your PC, and are also subject to hard disc failure, etc.

Here's what Marnie had to say:

"While you are spring cleaning you can catalog your library.

At LibraryThing.com you establish an account and begin adding titles by searching for the ISBN or the author/title. LibraryThing goes out to 47+ libraries including the Library of Congress to retrieve a catalog record for your title. If the search shows no result, you can add the information yourself. Each book can be "tagged" with multiple tags of your choice. It could be family surname, location in your office/home, or subject or all three.

Cataloging for the first 200 books is free. Beyond 200 the charge is $10 a year or $25 for life. Having an online catalog of your own holdings, that can be downloaded to an Excel spreadsheet, is good for insurance purposes, shopping, research and LibraryThing's prime purpose, finding people who own the same books you do (although you may keep your collection private). Imagine the possibilities for genealogy. Have a look, but beware, you will be hooked!"


SUMMARY:
Ol' Myrt here feels one must consider this LibraryThing.com service as an insurance option at the very least. This sort of thing would also serve to coordinate purchasing for your local Family History Center or genealogy society library. My research friends Audrey, Barb and I looked for something similar several years ago, to safeguard against unnecessarily purchasing a book that one of the others has in her personal library. Having one Library.com account with access by all three, including designations as to which of the three owned each book would solve our problem. The listing of our genealogy books, CDs and tapes would also be immediately updated and easily viewed when another member of the group signs on to LibraryThing.com, sparing us the aggravation of merging three excel worksheets on a periodic basis to keep everyone informed.

SOURCE CITATION NOTE:
The Ancestry.com website is apparently behind in uploading articles from the Ancestry Weekly Journal. Pages reviewed 4/23/2006 still call the newsletter the Ancestry Daily News, and there was no mention of this quick tip which came out in the 10 April 2006 Ancestry Weekly Journal. My subsequent Ancestry.com library search for the exact words "Marnie Oakes" and also "Librarything.com" (without quote marks) returned no relevant hits. Since Ol' Myrt could not provide a link to the above referenced quick-tip, which I received via email, I am forced to merely assure my readers of my source, and give credit to Marnie Oakes for the input about www.LibraryThing.com

I much prefer to partially quote an individual, and provide a link to details for my interested readers.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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