Information Discovery Through Comments, Reviews

Public libraries can harness the power of comments, reviews and ratings to encourage social information discovery and better connect library members with content. Here is a list of 7 ways:


  1. Add LibraryThing for Libraries and enhance the OPAC with member tags and reviews
  2. Use the ChiliFresh Book Review Engine to publish member reviews
  3. Have a display of library members’ picks, instead of staff picks
  4. Start an online book club that encourages participants to create reviews
  5. Allow comments on a readers’ advisory blog
  6. Set up a My Library Idea website à la My Starbucks Idea
  7. Survey both library staff and library members on “bests” for the year and share both staff and user results (Sample questions: Best Book of the Year, Best New Author, Best Children’s Book, Best Cookbook, Best Local Guidebook, etc.)

And one more idea: keep track on developments with BiblioCommons.



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I am a librarian with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library in Tampa, Florida.

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