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Subjecting the catalog to tagging

Luiz H. Mendes (California State University, Northridge, California, USA)
Jennie Quiñonez‐Skinner (California State University, Northridge, California, USA)
Danielle Skaggs (California State University, Northridge, California, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 6 March 2009




The purpose of this paper is to present the implementation of LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) in an academic library and analysis of usage of LTFL data and their potential for resource discovery in the catalog.


The paper reviews the literature on social tagging and incorporation of third‐party user‐generated metadata into the library catalog. It provides an assessment based on the analysis of total absolute usage figures and frequency of use of LTFL data.


Based on the data available, usage of LTFL data in the catalog is low, but several possible contributing factors are identified.


The paper contributes to the literature on the implementation of LTFL in an academic library and provides usage statistics on LTFL data. It also provides directions for future research about tagging in the catalog.



Mendes, L.H., Quiñonez‐Skinner, J. and Skaggs, D. (2009), "Subjecting the catalog to tagging", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 30-41.



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