I joined Library Thing as texasbookgirl, because someone had already taken labibliotecaria. Grrrr.
Here is the link: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/texasbookgirl
I thought it was interesting that more people owned Anthony Trollope’s The Warden than owned the Twilight Saga. I don’t know if my books were popular or not; just because people own them doesn’t mean they like them. And Library Thing is kind of limited in its scope – it is not necessarily accessible or interesting to many different types of people who might be readers.
I’m not inclined to put my real name on there for 2 reasons: 1) I’m not inclined to share with the whole world what is on my library shelves because I don’t want to be judged by that. As an adult Twilighter, I have enough angst. 2) I don’t want my friends asking to borrow my books. And I could use Library Thing to organize my home library, but it is fairly small and I basically know where everything is. My husband’s library, which consists largely of antiquarian theological treatises, is not particularly amenable to this tool, either.
As far as using it for a public library, I guess you could use it to promote certain collections.
Normally, we share booklists with patrons via a plexiglass rack on the library wall. It is possible that they are distributed at relevant programs as well.
On another note, I have a visiting cat. I want them to be friends, and so far they haven’t attacked one another, but there has been a good deal of hissing and yowling. Good times.