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Friday, 7th November 2014

LibraryThing for Libraries Expands its Book Recommendations Feature

By Africa S. Hands

From ProQuest:

Library users will find it easier than ever to discover what to read next as LibraryThing for Libraries™ expands its Book Recommendations feature to include a broader selection of “if you like this, then read that” elements. The new, free and automatic upgrade to current subscribers to LibraryThing for Libraries’ Catalog Enhancement Package will display book recommendations by the same author, similar authors, genres and more, all based on the library’s current holdings. The upgrade enhances LibraryThing for Libraries’ unique tag-based discovery and links to other book editions and translations, creating more ways for users to find books they will love.

Input from readers, librarians and professionals -- via ProQuest’s Syndetic Solutions and Books In Print – are combined to generate the recommendations in LibraryThing for Libraries, creating an unusually rich and balanced service.

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Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

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