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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

For ALA 2015: Three Free OPAC Enhancements


For a limited time, LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) is offering three of its signature enhancements for free!

There are no strings attached. We want people to see how LibraryThing for Libraries can improve your catalog.

  1. Check Library.

    The Check Library button is a “bookmarklet” that allows patrons to check if your library has a book while on Amazon and most other book websites. Unlike other options, LibraryThing knows all of the editions out there, so it finds the edition your library has. Learn more about Check Library

  2. Other Editions

    Let your users know everything you have. Don’t let users leave empty-handed when the record that came up is checked out. Other editions links all your holdings together in a FRBR model—paper, audiobook, ebook, even translations.

  3. Lexile Measures

    Put MetaMetrics’ The Lexile Framework® for Reading in your catalog, to help librarians and patrons find material based on reading level. In addition to showing the Lexile numbers, we also include an interactive browser.

Easy to Add

LTFL Enhancements are easy to install and can be added to every major ILS/OPAC system and most of the minor ones. Enrichments can be customized and styled to fit your catalog, and detailed usage reporting lets you know how they’re doing.

See us at ALA. Stop by booth 3634 at ALA Annual this weekend in San Francisco to talk to Tim and Abby and see how these enhancements work.

If you need a free pass to the exhibit hall, details are in this blog post.

Sign up

We’re offering these three enhancements free, for at least two years. We’ll probably send you links showing you how awesome other enhancements would look in your catalog, but that’s it.

Find out more or email Abby Blachly at

Labels: alaac15, Lexile measures, librarything for libraries, ltfl

Monday, May 16th, 2011

LibraryThing for Libraries adds Lexile measures (and it’s free)

Lexile measures in the catalog:

The Lexile browser:

LibraryThing for Libraries has added MetaMetrics’ The Lexile Framework® for Reading, commonly known as “Lexile measures,” to to its slate of enhancements. But rather than make it a paid enhancement, we’ve made it a free option for any library using any existing LTFL enhancements.

See it in action:

High Plains has also leveraged the fact that the Lexile browser can be “launched” on its own, placing it on their general search page.

As with other LibraryThing for Libraries enhancements, Lexiles works with virtually any library catalog (OPAC), and libraries have total control over the wording, placement and style of the enhancement within their catalog.

About LibraryThing for Libraries: LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) is a system of OPAC enhancements, designed to make your OPAC more engaging and informative. Lexile measures join the existing LibraryThing for Libraries enhancements: Tags, Reviews, Similar Books, Shelf Browse, Series, Awards and Other Editions. We also offer Library Anywhere, a cheap but full-featured mobile catalog for any OPAC.

To subscribe to LibraryThing for Libraries, contact Peder Christensen at Bowker—toll-free at 877-340-2400 or email

If you already subscribe to one of the LTFL enhancements, you can just turn on Lexile measures—for free—by adding the div tag to your OPAC’s bibliographic template page.

Labels: Lexile measures, librarything for libraries