Monday, March 1st, 2010

400,000 LTFL Reviews

We now have over 400,000 reviews vetted and available for LibraryThing for Libraries. (Last June we hit 300,000, so over 100,000 reviews have been added in the past 8 months—not bad.)

400,000 is a lot of reviews. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, for example, has 117 reviews. Now you probably don’t need to read over 100 reviews. But if a popular book gets that many, then the more obscure books in your catalog could have 20, 10, or 5 reviews. LTFL reviews cover the bestsellers but they also reach down the long tail.

The LTFL Reviews Enhancement also comes with blog widgets and a Facebook application allow your patrons to show off their reviews—and their love for your library—where they “live” online.

The Reviews Enhancement is currently available for Horizon, iBistro, Webvoyage, Voyager 7, Koha, Evergreen, WebPac, WebPac Pro, and Polaris 3.6. We’re always expanding this list, so if your OPAC isn’t one of these, email and we can work on adding support for it.

For more information, email me ( For ordering information, contact Peder Christensen at Bowker—877-340-2400 or

Labels: librarything for libraries, ltfl, LTFL Reviews


  1. elenchus says:

    As an LT member but not a librarian, I love that my reviews may help readers and libraries, rather than serve merely as notes to myself or to other thingamabrarians. Thanks, LT.

  2. Library Hag says:

    This is really exciting. I so want my library system to to get ltfl.

  3. SqueakyChu says:

    Is there any way that an individual LT member can have his or her reviews marked (so only that member could see the marks) in order to know which reviews have been vetted for LTFL? I think that would inspire me and others to improve our review-writing.