Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Using Book Covers in Library Systems

LibrarianinBlack links to an interesting post on the LibraryLaw Blog which discusses the use of book covers by libraries. It's not uncommon for library system vendors to offer solutions which provide these but they're increasingly available for 'free' via services like LibraryThing (but not Amazon...).

I certainly feel that images make a huge difference to catalogue results - I haven't seen any research to say whether records with covers attached get more views (and requests) than those without but it wouldn't suprise me at all.  The LibraryThing service is really interesting in both it's aims and future opportunities - but Mary Minow's advice on LibraryLaw is worth consideration, and possibly review in different legal environments.

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