Virtual Book Displays are Easy to Create with New LibraryThing for Libraries Widget

Catalog enhancement tool enables libraries to market their collection on their homepages

Feb 12, 2013, 11:14 ET from Bowker

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LibraryThing for Libraries™ has launched a new Book Display Widget that enables libraries to easily create customizable displays for their homepages. Using the new feature, libraries can routinely update their homepages to highlight particular books or collections. Patrons click on book covers to move directly to the title in the catalog. The Book Display Widget is the newest feature in LibraryThing for Libraries' system of OPAC enhancements, designed to make catalogs more engaging and informative. Bowker®, a ProQuest affiliate, is the exclusive distributor of LibraryThing for Libraries to libraries.

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"Library Thing for Libraries' Book Display Widget can pull in any collection that supports the library's focus at the time – the Oscars, African-American History Month, National Reading Week, whatever it is," said Sharon Lubrano, ProQuest vice president and general manager, Bowker. "It's an ideal way to highlight the library's collections, exposing patrons to more than just the bestsellers."

Book Display Widgets are completely customizable, highlighting whatever collections the library chooses and using as many widgets as they like.  Librarians can select from pre-populated data sources like series, awards, and genres or create their own collection with a list of titles. The service includes four different display styles (dynamic grid, shelf, scrolling, and 3-D carousel), and endless customization possibilities.

To learn more about LibraryThing for Libraries and its Book Display Widget visit

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