Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Friday, January 05, 2007


While libraries talked about implementing the Netflix model for books - someone else went and did it. See:

This website will send you books off a list just like Netflix does with movies. On the bottom of the web page they ask libraries to contact them to discuss ways Bookswim can partner with libraries. I'm not clear how they can compete with traditional ILL although they could possibly give libraries a chance to outsource ILL. Should be interesting to see what happens.

I would also not be surprised to see them partner with TheLibraryThing. I can imagine a scenario where you discover books on TheLibraryThing and then click a link to add them to you bookswim list. You could also possibly manage you bookswim list on library thing and take advantage of the reviews, tags, cover art, etc. that library thing offers.


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