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[personal profile] deborah
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.

Date: 2010-10-25 04:13 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
Zotero automates nothing beyond storing/listing recommended books, but it saves me from the twenty opened tabs. (To be accurate, it only partially automates: it won't automate storing blogged/journaled recs, but will automate if you look up the rec at a library or places like Amazon.)


:: 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. ::

...I had a physical reaction to that, I craved that offered power so badly. Just gimme your library card, gimme. I'll tell you what you want to read next. Gimme gimme.

Of course, I would want to skip that step where people "choose" to subscribe to me. Choice, pfah! I want ALL the library card power. POWERRRR!

Date: 2010-10-29 05:50 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: (me tongue)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
:: YOU ARE A MAD GENIUS I TELL YOU. ::

You say the sweetest things!
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