Library Quote of the Week

Library Quote of the Week
Library Quote of the Week

Monday, 2 May 2011

Week 6: Library Thing and Creative Commons

Thing 12: Explore Library Thing and set up your own Library Thing account.

What is Library Thing?
Library Thing is an online application which allows you to create your own online catologue of books. It connects you to people who have similiar 'libraries' or reading tastes. Once you have set up your own library, you can ask for recommendations which will reflect the books in your 'library' by simply clicking on the recommendations tab. Users also post book reviews to the site - check out some recent reviews.
You can also see you books on a virtual shelf - just a bit of fun really!
Check out the very small Library Thing page for 23 Things SPD to give you an idea of what the application looks like.

Read this introduction to Library Thing.
Set up your own Library Thing account and add some of your favourite books to your virtual library and customise your home page. Check out the Library Thing ideas blog.
Read also about Library Anywhere and how libraries are using this application to create 'mobile' libraries.

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Thing 13: Read about Creative Commons
What exactly is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a new development in the field of copyright which enables the creator of a piece of work (music, writing etc.) to allow sharing of their work under certain circumstances. The Creative Commons  organisation has developed a set of licences which authors can use to tell the world how they are allowed to use their work.

Watch these videos about Creative Commons: - Video 1, Video 2, Video 3.
Read about Creative Commons in Wikipedia.
Read more about Creative Commons.
Check out the Creative Commons Wiki and blog.
Now that you are a blogger, you may be interested in reading about creative commons licensing for bloggers.

What do you think about the concept of creative commons? What do you think are the opportunities for this type of copyrighting? What do you see as the challenges? Write your thoughts in your blog.