Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Pride 2016

City Hall in Portland, Maine.

Our hearts are filled with sorrow and love for the LGBT+ community in Orlando.

June is the month of Pride, and we encourage all who can to get out—see the parade, volunteer, be with your friends and family—and show your support and solidarity with Orlando. Pride Portland has events going on all this week, leading up to the parade and festival this Saturday. Details here: www.prideportland.org.

LT Staffers are keeping their eyes peeled for local memorial events, like vigils in Portland and Boston, and other ways to help.

If you, like many of us, feel compelled to do something in the face of such tragedy, here are just a few ways you can help:

  • Give blood. Our local blood donation centers are here: Portland and Boston. The Red Cross and Oneblood are both great ways to find donation centers and blood drives in your area. If you donate blood and tell us about it, you can have a lifetime LibraryThing membership, on us. Just send us an email.
  • Donate money. There’s a dedicated fund for Orlando victims set up by Florida’s LGBT Civil Rights organization here: https://www.gofundme.com/pulsevictimsfund. If you’d like to donate locally, we recommend for PFLAG (Boston) and Outright (Portland, Maine). Both organizations have branches around the country, as well.
  • Read up. Representation in books and other media is just one part of the ongoing struggle for LGBT+ folks. Come check out two relevant LT lists, Best LGBT Fiction and Good LGBT Fiction for LGBT Folk and Friends, to add or pick up suggestions.

If you have any other ideas on ways to help, or thoughts you’d like to share, join us on Talk, or let us know in the comments.

ALA Annual

As many of you know, the American Library Association’s Annual Conference is happening later this month in Orlando. If you’re attending, we highly recommend checking out their page on Orlando Support Activities.

Further recommended reading: this statement from the chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table at ALA.

Love is love is love.


P.S. In honor of Orlando and Pride, we’ve updated our Twitter and Facebook logos.

Labels: events

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

June 2016 Early Reviewers

The June 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 126 titles this month, and a grand total of 3,355 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, June 27th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Crown Publishing Lion Fiction Kregel Publications
Prospect Park Books Humanist Press ForeEdge
Apex Publications Cool Gus Publishing Tundra Books
Orca Book Publishers Beacon Press Random House
Prufrock Press Akashic Books Ballantine Books
Bantam Dell City Owl Press Algonquin Books
Henry Holt and Company Dragonwell Publishing Velvet Morning Press
William Morrow Recorded Books The Writers of the Apocalypse
Wisconsin Historical Society Press Raincloud Press Candlewick Press
Hawaiian Heritage Press Tantor Media HighBridge Audio
Whitepoint Press Conium Press Oneworld Publications
Petra Books CarTech Books Human Kinetics
Thurston Howl Publications EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing McFarland
Plough Publishing House Bellevue Literary Press World Weaver Press
Anaphora Literary Press BookViewCafe Story Spring Publishing, LLC
Avery Quindaro Press Dog Star Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

May 2016 Early Reviewers

The May 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 100 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,617 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, May 30th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

MSI Press Beacon Press Apex Publications
Chronicle Books Crown Publishing Henry Holt and Company
Kaylie Jones Books Akashic Books Cool Gus Publishing
ForeEdge Five Rivers Publishing William Morrow
John Ott Le French Book Raven Reads
Orca Book Publishers Recorded Books Tundra Books
Calliope Press Ghostwoods Books Anaphora Literary Press
HighBridge Audio Tantor Media CarTech Books
ILT Publishing Oneworld Publications Prufrock Press
Human Kinetics Spiegel & Grau Bantam Dell
Hawaiian Heritage Press Ballantine Books LightBurst Media
BookViewCafe Sinful Press EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Plough Publishing House White Rose Publishing Leaf Storm Press
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Conium Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Introducing TinyCat: The OPAC for Tiny Libraries

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Today we’re happy to announce the official launch of TinyCat, the online catalog solution for tiny libraries. In other words, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Check it out here! https://www.librarycat.org


What’s this all about? Religious institutions, community centers, small schools and other “tiny” libraries (up to 20,000 items) have used LibraryThing to catalog their collections for years. TinyCat gives them an attractive and powerful library catalog, with easy-to-use circulation and patron-account features.

  • Simple. TinyCat is simple and clean. Faceted searching adds power.
  • Mobile. TinyCat looks and works great on every device and platform.
  • Professional. Robust circulation and patron log-in features, and a “Simple Circulation” option for classroom libraries.
  • Flexible. Import and export MARC records.
  • Secure. HTTPS always.
  • Enhanced. Enhanced with optional professional and user reviews, recommendations, and more.

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See TinyCat in action. Folio, a member-supported library and cultural center in the heart of Seattle, uses TinyCat. Check it out here.

Try it out. Already have a LibraryThing account? You can see your LibraryThing collection on TinyCat by starting here.

Find out more, including Frequently Asked Questions, pricing, and how to get started at https://www.librarycat.org.

Let us know what you think on Talk, or email tinycat@librarything.com. Join the TinyCat discussion Group on LibraryThing here: http://www.librarything.com/groups/tinycat.

Visit us at PLA. Stop by booth #437 at PLA in Denver this week to meet Tim and get an in-person demo of TinyCat!

Labels: small libraries, TinyCat

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

April 2016 Early Reviewers

The April 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 104 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,940 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, April 25th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Beacon Press Henry Holt and Company Crown Publishing
Tundra Books MSI Press Lion Fiction
Prospect Park Books Apex Publications Akashic Books
Chronicle Books Sunrise River Press William Morrow
Velvet Morning Press CarTech Books Random House
Tantor Media HighBridge Audio Crux Publishing
Horrific Tales Publishing Oneworld Publications Recorded Books
Whitepoint Press Human Kinetics Algonquin Books
Tantrum Books Small Beer Press The Plaid Raccoon Press
Medallion Press ILT Publishing Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Prufrock Press Bellevue Literary Press BookViewCafe
Open Books ForeEdge EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

March Early Reviewers batch is live!

The March 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 132 titles this month, and a grand total of 3,410 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, March 28th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Henry Holt and Company Crown Publishing ForeEdge
Velvet Morning Press Tundra Books Raincloud Press
MSI Press Lion Fiction Prufrock Press
Beacon Press Apex Publications Akashic Books
Chronicle Books Random House Oneworld Publications
NewCon Press Tantor Media HighBridge Audio
Astor+Blue Editions Medallion Press Horrific Tales Publishing
Algonquin Books Recorded Books Beaufort Books
Mainly Murder Press EsKape Press CarTech Books
William Morrow Human Kinetics Booktrope
Hawaiian Heritage Press Sinful Press McFarland
LightBurst Media Bellevue Literary Press Wisconsin Historical Society Press
High Prairie Press BookViewCafe Next Thirty Press
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Cognoscente Publishing Month9Books
Woodsmoke Publishing

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Black History Month Legacy Libraries

We’re thrilled to announce our most recently completed Legacy Libraries project, the personal library of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Dr. King’s collection of over 600 books, which currently reside at Morehouse College in Atlanta, were added to LibraryThing as a tribute to Black History Month.

Thanks to our contributing LT members for their help: JBD1 (who organized the project and broke up the library into sections for helpers), benjclark, mrmapcase, waitingtoderail, timspalding, cpirmann, AndrewB, ReneeGKC, cbl_tn, Literate.Ninja, jcbrunner, nancyewhite, SassyLassy, JoEnglish, cinaedus, katya0133, Michael.Rimmer, and amandafrench. Special thanks goes out to moonradio and seki for starting the thread back in 2008!

Come join the discussion about Dr. King’s books in this Talk thread. If you’re interested in Legacy Libraries and want to help, check out the Legacy Libraries homepage or contact the administrator, Jeremy (JBD1).

Cataloging Louis Armstrong’s Library

Next up for Legacy Libraries: the personal library of jazz trumpeter, composer, and singer, Louis Armstrong. Armstrong’s library (shared with his wife, Lucille) is housed at his former home in Queens, NY. There’s still plenty of cataloging to do, and we need your help! Join the project on Talk.

More Famous Libraries

We’ve also added the personal libraries of poet Langston Hughes, and civil rights activist Rosa Parks to our Legacy Libraries ranks this month. Thanks to Jeremy for his efforts on both of these!

Labels: legacy libraries

Friday, February 12th, 2016

February Early Reviewers batch is live!

The February 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 113 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,825 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, February 29th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Henry Holt and Company Beacon Press Candlewick Press
Velvet Morning Press Raven Reads Orca Book Publishers
Crown Publishing Akashic Books Apex Publications
Fog Ink Tundra Books Raincloud Press
Cool Gus Publishing Chronicle Books Astor+Blue Editions
William Morrow Prufrock Press Seventh Rainbow Publishing
HighBridge Audio Tantor Media Recorded Books
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Greenleaf Book Group Human Kinetics
Pneuma Springs Publishing Wisconsin Historical Society Press CarTech Books
Ghostwoods Books Small Beer Press Medallion Press
Velvet Morning Press Booktrope Oneworld Publications
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Bantam Dell Meadowbrook Press
BookViewCafe

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

New Legacy Library Project: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Black History Month, LibraryThing members are starting a new Legacy Library project, to catalog the personal library of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’re welcoming everyone to join the fun in cataloging Dr. King’s books!

Legacy Libraries are the personal libraries of famous and infamous people and institutions throughout history, cataloged by LibraryThing members. Our first Legacy Library was Thomas Jefferson‘s collection, added in 2007. February being Black History Month got us investigating Dr. King’s library once again (following behind Frederick Douglass’ Legacy Library, cataloged in 2012). Since the last time we looked, better data became available, so now’s the time do do it.

Residing in his alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Dr. King’s books were saved in 2006 from being auctioned off at Sotheby’s in New York City. Archival staff at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center processed the collection, and now LibraryThing members are working on getting these records (over 600 in total) added to our Legacy Libraries.

Check out the Talk thread or jump right to the project Wiki page to get started and claim your section of the library list. If you haven’t worked on a Legacy Library project before, this is a great introduction to them, as the sections are short! LibraryThing member and former LT staffer Jeremy is running the project and can answer any questions you have on the Talk thread.

Thanks for joining us, and have fun!

Labels: legacy libraries

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Import your Shelfari library and get a free LibraryThing account

We’ve long supported imports from Shelfari into LibraryThing, and with the news that Shelfari is being merged with Goodreads, some folks are looking for a new online home for their books. Now you can import your Shelfari library, and receive an automatic upgrade to a free lifetime LibraryThing account! Here’s how to do it:

UPDATE: We’ve seen a number of Shelfarians becoming more active on LT recently, and we’re happy to have you! You might find some of your old friends over in the Shelfarians on LibraryThing group, created and managed by your fellows.

Export Your Shelfari Data

You’ve got a couple options when it comes to exporting your Shelfari library, and can either directly download a file, or have one emailed to you. See Shelfari’s instructions here.

Sign Up for LibraryThing

It’s quick and free! Head over to LibraryThing.com and click “Join Now.” Enter your desired username and password (we also recommend including your email address, for password resetting purposes), and you’re good to go!

If you’ve already got a LibraryThing account, you can import your Shelfari library to your existing account.

Import Your Shelfari File to LibraryThing

Once you have your Shelfari export file, go to our Shelfari Import page and upload it there.

Enjoy

Welcome to your new library on LibraryThing! We’re happy to have you. Take a look around, and get to know the place a bit. We recommend the Short Introduction for a quick overview of features.

If you have any questions, Talk—our discussion forum—is a great place to start, and you can always email us at info@librarything.com.

Labels: import, shelfari