Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Hey, You Got Library Thing on Your Web Site

So, a few months ago I start seeing some talk about Library Thing. If you don't know what it is, it's a very easy-to-use, online catalog for your books. After I created an account, I felt like there was more I could do with it than catalog the books on my shelves at home (and since there are...shudder...thousands of books at home, I didn't really want to go through the steps of actually cataloging them all).

Then I saw a few friends of mine who do reviews using Library Thing to list books on their blogs. I decided to use Library Thing to create a recommended reading list for my young adult patrons. If you scroll down, you'll see my Library Thing thing on the left-hand side (unless you're blocking Java Script, then you won't see it).

Well, turns out Library Thing saw what I was doing and thought it was cool and mentioned it to SLJ who was writing an article on Library Thing and its uses in the library. SLJ then contacted me and asked me to record a podcast about what I'm doing. Click on the image below to go to the podcast and you can hear the dulcet tones of my voice:

School Library Journal mash-up image

I have to say that I was a little overwhelmed when first contacted by School Library Journal to create a podcast. I had never made one before, and wasn't sure that I had 3 - 5 minutes of material. Well, I had 6, and a friend of mine puts out his own CDs, so I had the technology. The rest is history.



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