Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Social Networking for the Love of Books

Goodreads is a social network for READERS! The mission of this social network may resemble the mission of your library: to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.

With Goodreads, readers can keep track of what they are reading, what they have read, and what they would like to read. Readers can also view what their friends and co-workers are reading.

What else can you do on Goodreads?
Join book clubs, form book clubs, read book reviews, try some Trivia questions, view popular reading lists, find some quotes and view upcoming book related events around your area!

Want more information?
There are popular videos such as music videos and book trailers - you can even find a segment of Neil Gaiman speaking. There are 5,753 authors with a Goodread account so you can even find out what some of your favorite authors are reading!

My personal “review”:
What I love about Goodreads is that this tool keeps me in the loop of what books my friends are reading, especially the ones who are not librarians. I can also keep track of what other children’s librarians are reading, which helps my work a great deal. I love how Goodreads can spark book discussions as well. My recommendation is to give this social networking a try! It takes only a few minutes to create an account. After you feel comfortable with the site, try recommending it to some of your library members and friends. Perhaps, you will begin to see the endless possibilities in which Goodreads can serve your literary needs.

For those of you already using Goodreads:

  • There is a group called Goodread librarians that you could join.

  • You can inform your friends what books you are willing to allow them to borrow through the book swapping feature.

  • You can even link your Facebook account to your Goodreads account!