We are very happy to report that nearly 3,000 books for the Bright Future School in Keta, Ghana have been successfully delivered and were happily received by the students there earlier this month!
Keith Goddard at Books Matter posted a short video on Facebook of the students saying “thank you,” so check that out if you can (it’s almost guaranteed to make you smile!). Keith reports that the school was actually on break when the books arrived, so there will be more pictures of the students with the books soon.
Earlier this month, another hundred books were presented to the library of the University of Health and Allied Sciences: Ghana TV was even on hand for the arrival of the books!
All of the books sent to Ghana this spring are cataloged on LibraryThing in the Books Matter account, and members have been helping out by adding tags to the library.
Keith is planning on sending the next batch of already-donated books to an orphanage in Kumasi, located in northern Ghana. The orphanage houses some two hundred residents ranging in age from six months to 20 years. The books will be cataloged and tagged on LibraryThing prior to shipment.
If you can help out by making a donation to help ship the books, it would be greatly appreciated! A gift of $1 basically funds the shipment of one book to Ghana, so every little bit helps! Head over to the Books Matter site and you can make a donation today. LibraryThing will be giving a $800 donation as well, from the funds raised by members adding events to LibraryThing Local over the winter.
For more on our Books to Ghana project and our partner Books Matter, see our announcement blog post. To help out with tagging the books or to discuss the project generally, chime in on the Talk thread.
Labels: books for ghana, gifts
Mark your calendars! Coming up soon is a weeklong, start-of-summer June ReadaThing. All are welcome, and you don’t have to read for the full week: the goal is to have a few people from around the world reading at any given time during the ReadaThing.
The official start time will be at midnight on Tuesday, June 11 UTC/GMT: that’s 8 p.m. Monday in the Eastern US/Canada/LT time zone. This ReadaThing will run for a full week. See the time chart here.
For more information, see the announcement thread; to sign up, head right to the ReadaThing wiki. As we get closer to the date, watch the ReadaThing group for the “What will you be reading?” thread, and during the ReadaThing you can use the “Log Book” thread to document your ReadaThing experience.
If you haven’t participated in a ReadaThing before, give it a go if you can!
For more on ReadaThings, and to participate in planning future events, join the ReadaThing group.
* Summer reading spot photo submitted by LTer connie53
Thanks to LibraryThing member kcgordon, we have a list of the books at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, PA, so we thought it would be fun to do a quick flash-mob of these (there aren’t a huge number of books, so this probably won’t take too long).
We’ve kicked things off already (see Eisenhower’s profile page) but there are quite a few books still to be added, and we’d love to have your help!
See the Talk thread or jump right to the project wiki page to get started and claim your section of the library list. No worries if you haven’t worked on a Legacy Libraries project before – this is definitely a good introduction to them! I’ll be helping out too, and will answer any questions you have on the Talk thread.
NB: Another LTer is working on obtaining a list of additional Eisenhower books from his home in Kansas, so with any luck at all we’ll be able to add those soon as well. We’ll keep you posted!
Labels: flash-mob cataloging, fun, legacy libraries
Wait … what?
Did you know that you can now sync between Goodreads and LibraryThing? You don’t have to choose. Use both sites!
To sync, go to Import books from Goodreads.
If you’re signed into Goodreads an export file should download for you automatically; if it doesn’t, there are some fallback instructions on that page. Select the downloaded file using the “Choose File” button and click “Upload” to import it into LibraryThing.
Once you’ve uploaded your file, you’ll see a breakdown of the books in the file, displaying the total number of books, books already in your library, books without ISBNs, and the number of valid ISBNs.
- Choose sources: Source your data from Amazon or top libraries around the world.
- Collections: Drop books into a specific LibraryThing collection.
- Mass tagging: Add tags to everything.
- Handle books without ISBNs: Choose whether to import non-ISBN books.
Under “Handle duplicates,” you’ll see options to import duplicates again (i.e., create a whole bunch of duplicates), omit duplicates, or sync duplicates.
If you sync, you’ll see options depending on the differences between your Goodreads books and your LibraryThing catalog.
- Replace “date read” with imported info: “Date read” goes into LibraryThing’s “date finished.”
- Add shelves to existing tags: This adds your Goodreads “shelves” to LibraryThing as tags.
- For reviews, you can replace existing reviews or add new reviews if you haven’t yet posted a review on LibraryThing for those books.
- Replace ratings.
- Replace pages with imported data: This changes the “number of pages” in LibraryThing.
After this, click “Import books.” Old books sync immediately. New books are added to the import queue.
LibraryThing’s Mike Topper has just pushed a big change in how members share their LibraryThing news on Facebook. The change—integrating into Facebook’s Open Graph structure—makes the things you share more visible to your friends and integrates them more cleanly into your Facebook timeline.
If you haven’t already, connect your LibraryThing account to Facebook on the Sites/apps page (and be sure to say “yes” when Facebook asks if you want to grant us permission). Please note: LibraryThing never shares with Facebook without your explicit consent.
There are various places you can share, usually marked with the “share” icon (). Sharing is always available at the top right of the site. We also enable members to share to Twitter.
Here’s what the new sharing action for reviews looks like from within Facebook.
Facebook will also aggregate multiple instances of an action together and display that to your friends.
Adding a book
Adding a book to a collection
Adding a book to your wishlist
Rating a book
We’ll be rolling out more of these types of actions moving forward, so stay tuned.
Come talk about this and Facebook sharing generally on Talk: New Features
Many thanks to the members of the Board for Extreme Thing Advances
who helped us out with testing these changes.