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Social Books: explore how book readers and writers use social networking tools

Neato nifty series of posts from RWW entitled Social Books. Over five posts, I'm going to explore how book readers and writers use social networking tools. Three of the posts will be from the point of view of readers, starting with this one today about the leading social network for bookworms: Goodreads. In the remaining posts, I'll be checking out a brand new social network for writers and investigating how book publishers are using social media. So let's get started with far and away the most popular social network for book lovers in the world, Goodreads. Its user base has almost doubled in 2012, which made me wonder whether Goodreads has any real competition now...

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At world's biggest book club Information Hygeine Is A MUST

INFORMATION hygiene is a must on a website with a billion titbits about millions of books. In the case of Goodreads it is maintained by an army of volunteer editors, over 40,000 at last count, who fix misspellings in authors' names, correct page counts or ensure the right cover appears. Unlike many other crowdsourced ventures, though, the book-discussion and recommendation website is operated on a solidly for-profit basis.

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OpenGrey Repository

Not sure how I've never seen the OpenGrey Repository before...
"The OpenGrey Repository was launched mid-2011. OpenGrey succeeds OpenSIGLE, which was an initiative by INIST-CNRS to transfer the contents of a commercial database into an open access environment - including the results of 25 years of collecting and referencing grey literature by European partners. Since 2008, GreyNet's conference preprints complement the offer on grey literature in OpenGrey by providing full-text access to research output in this field of information science. OpenGrey not only signifies a change in platform but also provides improved features for users redesigned to meet the needs of a Google generation. OpenGrey moreover closes the gap caused by the termination of the SIGLE database by reopening the way for new record entry with links to full text, research data, as well as post-publication data."

Posters that would be neat in library

ThinkGeek has posters that incorporate an entire novel into them.

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Library Scented Perfume

In the Library: Smell Like You're In The Library

In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel*, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish

*The main note in this scent was copied from one of my favorite novels originally published in 1927. I happened to find a signed first edition in pristine condition many years ago in London. I was more than a little excited because there were only ever a hundred of these in the first place. It had a marvelous warm woody slightly sweet smell and I set about immediately to bottle it.

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Archive Team Targets Digital Dark Ages

Archive Team Targets Digital Dark Ages
Archive Team is a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage. Since 2009 this variant force of nature has caught wind of shutdowns, shutoffs, mergers, and plain old deletions - and done our best to save the history before it's lost forever. Along the way, we've gotten attention, resistance, press and discussion, but most importantly, we've gotten the message out: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project's New Libraries Research Site

I found K.G. Schneider's retweet of Lee Raine's tweet to Bobbie Newman over on Karen's Friendfeed feed... They all pointed the way to The Pew Internet & American Life Project's new libraries research site http://libraries.pewinternet.org/

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5,000 Books Pour Out of a Building in Spain

5,000 Books Pour Out of a Building in Spain
Martin's giant book structures give life to the inanimate objects filled with knowledge. By constructing the curving towers with a rather free and disheveled exterior, while maintaining a sturdy core, the books' loose pages are free to blow and rustle in the wind, allowing the piece to be further animated.

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The Online Newsstand Project

The Online Newsstand Project
The goal of the Online Newsstand Project is to increase usage of libraries' electronic resources by library patrons, and to do so by making access to them easier and more enjoyable. The founder of the project is Steve Butzel, a website and database developer whose real job is serving as the assistant director at the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, NH. If you would like to learn more about the project, including how your library could get its own Online Newsstand, please contact Steve by email, [email protected].

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Hiring Librarians: The Blog About Hiring Librarians

Hiring Librarians http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/ is a new blog which presents short, mostly anonymous, survey-based interviews with people who hire librarians. Uncover the wide range of library hiring practices and take a look at opinions about interview mistakes, how many pages a cover letter should be, and those pesky objective statements.

If you are a hiring manager and want to help librarians improve the quality of their applications, you can take the survey by following the link on this page: http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/participate/

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