Oct. 25th, 2010

deborah: the Library of Congress cataloging numbers for children's literature, technology, and library science (Default)
There are two tools I really wish libraries had, and would pay for as services. Somebody needs to build them. Are you listening, OCLC or LibraryThing?

  • NetFlix for ILL. I'd like to be able to queue up a list of books (like my list of books I need to read at worldcat) and have a system where one of them would be ordered for me through interlibrary loan, and each time I returned the book, it would automatically order the next thing on the book for me from interlibrary loan, no more effort from the required.

  • I'd like to have a system where other people could add books to that list. In fact, I'd like to have a system where I could subscribe to certain people who recommend books, and everything they recommend would automatically get pushed onto my queue. That way I wouldn't have the system where I leave the tabs open for months and finally add all of the recommended books, slowly and painstakingly, to my queue.

Come on, future. Make up for being a sketchy, racist place full of dying corals and failed drug wars by giving me convenient tools for checking out books from the library.

... When I put it that way, I am clearly an extremely shallow person.
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