As the OVS-Upper Campus Library continues to revamp itself, one of the projects Mr. Brough has started is getting the library books into some sort of searchable catalog. Traditionally, libraries use an Integrated Library System or, ILS, that keeps a catalog of all the materials in a library including physical information, locations, and other attributes of a book.
The OVS-Upper Campus Library is doing things a bit different, though. In fact, we are trying to do a lot of things differently here. Anyways, our catalog can be found and searched via LibraryThing. LibraryThing is an online resource that anyone can register for and keep track of books you have read, own, want to read, etc.
There are a few reasons why I have decided to use LibraryThing as our ILS:
- It is free. I like free things. Free things allow me to allocate resources for other things.
- Without getting too technical, LibraryThing is better equipped to deal with a Dewey-free collection. Trust me on this.
- LibraryThing has a nice graphical layout that is easy on the eyes and easy to navigate.
- You can search LibraryThing just like you can search a traditional library catalog.
Now, nothing is perfect and LibraryThing is certainly no exception. That said, LibraryThing more than fits the needs to students and staff at the OVS-Upper Campus Library. Trust me on this, I’m a professional.
Anyways, without further ado: OVS-Upper Campus Library LibraryThing
Check it out, okay? Not every book has been entered, but more and more are available each day!