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By: bethan

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 11:06:28 +0000

What a great idea! Not just letting you have your data, but giving it to you in a format you can easily reuse elsewhere. And I'm sure if enough people on Goodreads etc wanted a 'date read' filed added, they could do that!

By: trgllylibrarian

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:48:39 +0000

It could be really helpful if LMSs could provide the data in a format that can be linked with patron accounts on Library Thing or Goodreads. I know that Goodreads can import books, ratings, and reviews from a .csv file. When I moved my book records from LivingSocial Books (which no longer exists) to Goodreads, I downloaded two .csv files (one for book ratings and one for book reviews) with five columns each: title, author, ISBN, "status" (either "rating" or "review"), and rating/review. I bet it wouldn't be that hard to keep that information in an LMS and make it exportable. You would have to add the information about the dates the book was read. I don't know whether Goodreads can import that...

By: bethan

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:21:28 +0000

You're right, of course - librarians should be asking LMS providers to make this functionality available. But we, as patrons, can't approach LMS suppliers ourselves - it's the libraries, with the buying power (ok, exactly how much power, where is debatable!) that need to be pushing for it. So yes, as librarians, talk to your LMS supplier - but as a library user, talk to your library :)

By: bethan

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:17:55 +0000

nope, doesn't ring any bells! But looks like a good adaptation - might have to while away some time on youtube with that - if I can get past the 90s fashion :)

By: Annie

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:29:54 +0000

I wonder whether the problem is actually the LMS? The amount of borrowing data available from them can vary quite a lot - so is this a question of pushing LMS providers to include this type of feature, rather than libraries to provide access?

By: Samantha Halford (@samanthahalf)

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 22:40:16 +0000

Is it possible that you watched it on TV? There was a great series of it on in the early 90s, as you can see from the haircuts in this video: Archer's Goon

By: bethan

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 19:38:03 +0000

I guess I shouldn't be surprised at how many librarians are closet reading-record-keepers! I agree, it would be lovely if we could combine information from all of the local authorities - have one borrower record for you, wherever you are in the UK. I know people have been working towards a unified library card - I really hope it happens!

By: woodsiegirl

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:28:31 +0000

I also fall into the latter camp - I've been keeping a record of all the books I read for the past few years, using LibraryThing. Weird? No, of course not, who would say such a thing..? :s I would love to be able to get data from all my book loans from all the libraries I am or have been a member of (that's about 8 different local authorities, at present!) Sadly, probably not possible. I know at Newham Libraries I used to be able to see my borrowing history - will have to dig out my library card later, log in and see if it's still there. Sadly my current main library - Kirkless libraries - doesn't seem to show my borrowing history at all :( I wonder, if this data was routinely made available, would it cut down on the "I borrowed it from here 8 years ago, it had a red cover, can you find it for me?" type requests at the issue desk!

By: bethan

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:53:12 +0000

wow, I'm impressed by the foresight and organisation of your reading diary and database! Mine's just on s google docs spreadsheet... And yes, you should definitely try Anne McCaffrey! The Pern series is fantastic, but if you don't like dragons, the Tower and Hive and the Crystal Singer series are faves of mine too :)

By: Laura Steel (@PalelyLaura)

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:59:16 +0000

I fall into the latter camp - I've kept a reading diary since my 18th birthday, only these days I have an Access database too so I can easily see which books I've read! I think it would be a brilliant idea to be able to access your past lending record. I wonder how many people borrow a great book from the library and then forget title and author so they can't find it again? As a slight aside I've never read anything by Anne McCaffrey and had never previously heard of any of her books - judging by the reaction on Twitter it sounds like I'm missing out.