Huge news from LibraryThing, the social networking/book cataloging website. 30 million items are now cataloged by LibraryThing, surpassing LC collection size – all of the work groupsourced to voluntary net catalogers. Also, “of the most direct benefit to libraries, LibraryThing announced on August 7 that it is now offering one million user-uploaded book covers for use in OPACS and other library software in a free service competing directly with similar offerings from companies that offer covers and bibliographic data to libraries for a fee.” Cool but not surprising, now that Amazon has a minority stake in LibraryThing. –[Read more on ALA.org]
LibraryThing: Bigger than Library of Congress & Free Covers for All! August 12th, 2008
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