It’s been a particularly hectic week for me even though I haven’t had many meetings on my schedule! So, I’ve been procrastinating on my Project Play post this week and keeping my eyes and ears open to ideas on a topic. I didn’t have any flashes of inspiration or wonderful ideas so I thought I’d share a couple of interesting topics that came across my Google Reader this week.
First, LibraryThing introduced Collections this week. You may recall (I’ve only told you a few times, right?) that I love LibraryThing and I think I’ll love collections, too. Many people use LibraryThing to catalog their actual home libraries. Location tags such as office, den, spare room are often used to describe the location of a book in someone’s home. You can create separate collections for each location! Some people use LibraryThing to keep track of their Wishlists or their “To Be Read” lists and the new Collections feature make tracking these books easier.
I think that collections will eventually make my tags more meaningful. For example, if you’re looking at the tags of The Teashop Girls you’ll see tags like 2009, ARC, done, for review, and own. Do those tags really describe the book? Not really. One of my main tags is 2009 Book List because of the way I keep track of the books I’ve read. I’m thinking of creating a collection for this tag and letting my tags be about about the topic of the book. Fellow LT users, try it out and let me know what you think in the comments! How else are you or would you use the Collections feature?
On a similar topic, have you heard of Ravelry? My colleague Shawn is a knitter and introduced me to Ravelry a couple of months ago. Ravelry is a social networking site designed specifically for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists (I’m a crocheter). Most of the pieces that I make, I give away. I sometimes remember to take a photo, but not always. Ravelry gives me a place to keep
track of my crocheting projects - including who they’re for, adding pictures, the pattern, the yarn that I used and more. Ravelry is like LibraryThing for knitters and crocheters! How cool is that? Membership is free, but you’ll need to submit a request for an invitation. That usually only takes a day or so and is well worth the wait. If you join, look for me (pandalibrarian) or Shawn (zeldagoat).
The reason that I decided to add Ravelry into the mix for this week’s post is because someone else blogged about it this week. Cool Tools (another of my favorite blogs) posted about Ravelry this week and it stuck with me.
So, that’s what I found interesting this week. How about you? Anything you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it - let me know in the comments!Tags: Cool Tools, LibraryThing, Ravelry