Saturday, April 19, 2008

Using LibraryThing for RDG301Library

Go to the following web page (click on this link; it should open in a separate window so you can continue to follow these instructions):

Just below the file tabs near the top left side of the page is the message,
rdg301library has a suggested style for viewing this library (use it)
Click on “use it”. Besides a picture of the book’s cover, each entry includes Title, Author, Date (of publication), Tags (more on that in a minute), Subject(s) (when available), and LC Classification (the call number).

Tags will help you find books that fit certain genres or types (picture, chapter, anthology, etc.). Tags are added by your friendly librarian Amanda and (hopefully!) use the words that you might want to use in searching for a book. Anyplace where I have used the word “text” means that the book is mentioned in your textbook – so you can be sure that the genre given is correct!

Just below the file tabs near the top left side of the page is a breadcrumb: rdg301librarylibrary.
Click on “rdg301library” to get to the profile page. Then click on the Tag cloud link that will now appear just below the file tabs. This lists all the tags used in rdg301library on LibraryThing, and the larger the font size, the more it’s used. For example, if you click on “picture,” it will bring up all the picture books in the list (currently 110).

You can use the Search box near the top of the page to search for more than one tag. Just enter the genre, type, etc. you are looking for, separated by commas. For example: “informational, picture”. Then use the drop-down menu just to the right to select “Tags.” Now click the Search button, and you will get only those that are both informational and picture books (currently 9).

Once you get what you want, you can click on the column heading “LC Classification” to sort the list by call number. Then you can click the little print button (it’s round and in the same beige bar and to the left of the Search boxes—when you mouseover, it will say “View printable catalog”). This will give you a printed list you can use to find the books in the Children’s Fiction (PZs) and Children's Nonfiction sections.

I will post a brief PowerPoint illustrating these steps as soon as I can on the wiki.

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