Friday, July 26, 2013


Califa is working with LibraryThing and can offer discounts to public libraries who are new customers.

They have quite a few products or packages which are listed below along with links to libraries who are using that particular package. They also offer weekly webinars on all of these packages.

If you'd like a quote email Tanya and let her know which packages you would like.

LibraryThing Packages

Catalog enhancement package
•    Similar books. Offer reader's advisory on the spot. Show high-quality "recommended" or "similar" books that can be found at your library—end dead-end searches! Recommendations cover more than 5 million ISBNs.
•    Tag browsing. Enhance your catalog with the power and flexibility of searching and browsing your books by tags. LTFL's 98 million tags are hand-vetted by our librarians for quality — “American history” and “steampunk” are in, “read this summer” is out!
•    Other editions and translations. Link related editions and translations of the same work."FRBR"-ize your catalog with a few lines of HTML. Includes all paper, audio, ebook and translations available from your library.
•    Try it yourself at Spokane County District Library.

Reviews enhancement
•    Patron reviews. Let your patrons rate and review right in your catalog.
•    Already full. Access over 1 million high-quality reviews from, share reviews with other LTFL libraries and let your patrons add their own.
•    Widgets. Patrons get a first-of-its-kind library-branded blog widget, allowing them to show their friends what they're reading at the library they love.
•    Social. Patrons can sign in with and post their reviews to Facebook and Twitter.
•    Try it yourself at Logan Library.

Shelf Browse enhancement
•    Shelf Browse uses your call numbers and ties them with cover images to give your patrons the context and serendipity of browsing a physical shelf.
•    Includes a mini shelf-browser that sits on your detail pages, and a full-screen version, launched from the detail page.
•    Use collections to limit Shelf Browse to a certain collection—YA books, AV, etc.
•    If a book doesn't have a cover, we provide a default one, with the title and author printed over it.
•    Works with all shelf-ordering systems.
•    Try it yourself at the Chesapeake Public Library.

Series and Awards enhancement package
•    Series. Tap into over 50,000 series added by LibraryThing members and approved by staff—the most comprehensive and lovingly-maintained series coverage available. LTFL provides a short description of the series and any related series (for example, The Chronicles of Narnia in both chronological order and in publication order).
•    Awards and honors. Includes over 25,000 different awards and honors, from the National Book Award and the Booker Prize to the Salon Book Award and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, or even Oprah's Book Club selections. Spotlight awards of that you'd like to highlight in your catalog.
•    Try it yourself at Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library.

Stack Map enhancement
•    Stack Map directs your patrons to exactly where an item is held in your collection, with attractive, customizable maps.
•    Stack Map adds a link (with an icon if you choose) to the call numbers in your catalog that opens a dynamic stack map with directions to that particular item.
•    Each stack map also includes a QR code which a patron can scan to immediately pull up that map on their mobile phone, to help them get there.
•    Try it yourself at Virginia Tech University Libraries.

•    BookPsychic is your patrons’ crystal ball—a personal recommendations service from their library. The more they rate, the better their recommendations become; the more they discover, the more your collection circulates.
•    BookPsychic always recommends items from your library’s collection—books, eBooks, audiobooks and DVDs.
•    Integrates with Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and LibraryThing.
•    Patrons can log in to save and keep track of rated items.
•    Embed recommendations in your OPAC. Launch from there or from your homepage.
•    Patrons get new book alerts and recommendations when they visit.
•    Links directly to your catalog pages.
•    Give it a try! Get the handout

Book Display Widgets
•    Book Display Widgets let you create virtual book displays for your library's homepage. Show off your library’s collection with eye-catching display widgets.
•    Put them anywhere—on your library’s home page, Facebook, blog, or catalog.
•    Fill with popular titles, new titles, series, awards or tags—it updates on its own. Or create your own list from a web page, RSS feed or list of ISBNs.
•    Includes many attractive preset types, including animated carousels, bookshelves, grids and more; fully customizable with CSS.
•    Create one widget or several. Track and report views and clicks.
•    Links directly to your catalog pages.
•    See a sampling of BookDisplay Widgets on our Showcase Page. |  Get the handout.

Library Anywhere
A mobile catalog and homepage for any library, up and running in minutes.
Mobile web (which works on any phone) and native apps for iPhone (and all iOS products) and Android phones.
•    Search the catalog, place holds, see checked-out books, and more.
•    Showcase hours, branches, and events with a customizable homepage.
•    New items are added the moment they enter your regular catalog—no uploads or reindexing necessary.
•    Comes with an "accessible version" that provides a fully Section 508-compliant version of your existing catalog.
•    Integrates seamlessly with OverDrive.
•    Use your phone's camera to scan barcodes on books to see if the library has a copy.
•    LibraryThing for Libraries customers get integration of tags, reviews, recommendations, series, awards, and other editions.

NEW: Custom Branded Apps! Get the power of Library Anywhere along with custom colors and branded apps, downloadable under your library's name in the app stores.

» Click to watch a screencast about Library Anywhere. |  See the handout.

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