Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Display, New Books

The display area behind the lower level reference desk, which last week had traditional literature, now has fantasy books on display.

Also, we received 22 new books in March, most of which are on display on top of the low stacks next to the office downstairs. We'll be adding these books to the relevant genre lists as fast as we can!

In the meantime, you can find out about them in our LibraryThing account first. You can see the books at: If, upon clicking the link, you get a page (it will be this one) that asks you to sign in, just try the link above again later. The sign-in page will also have “LibraryThing is experiencing high visitor load. To see the site, you need to sign in or sign up. This is a temporary issue” in a gray box near the top.

At the top of the list of books, you’ll see a message that says “rdg301library has a suggested style for viewing this library (use it).” Click on the “use it” link to get the books sorted by LC classification (also known as the call number). For each book, there is also a picture of the cover, the title, author, date of publication, and tags.

Under tags, I have listed the genre(s) and the book type (picture, chapter, etc.). I’ve also added some tags for ethnicity and for books that deal with other issues such as age, class, religion, gender, etc. The tag “text” means that the book is listed in your textbook. This latest batch of books is mostly award winners, so tags for the awards have been added as well.

You can click on a tag and it will pull up a list of all books with similar tags – if, for example, you are looking for fantasy, you will get a list of the last 33 fantasy books added to our collection. Please keep in mind that I only have the last 143 NEW books listed in LibraryThing. Please let me know in the comments if you find this tool useful!

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