As part of our VHL 2.0 experiment, we have created an account for the library on LibraryThing. LibraryThing, for anyone not already aware, is a social cataloguing site, and thus combines the power of 'proper' cataloguing with the collective knowledge of its users, who can add all sorts of spangly web 2.0 type things - tags, reviews, ratings - and link to each others' libraries to see what other people are reading, get recommendations and talk about books. A bibliophile's paradise, in other words! Now obviously, we do have a proper catalogue for all our books, but we thought that our readers might also like to have the access to the extra social data from the LibraryThing hive mind for books we have recently acquired. I have therefore just uploaded our new accessions list for November (also available with links to OLIS on our website), and this can be viewed on LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/vhllib, or via the lovely new blog widget on the sidebar here. Links will also be created directly from our webpage, and if you use RSS feeds, then you can subscribe to our new books with this url: http://www.librarything.com/rss/recent/vhllib.
As with all our web 2.0 experimental features, we'd love to get your feedback about whether this is useful, and also encourage any of our readers who librarything themselves to link to us.
The Vere Harmsworth Library is the University of Oxford's main research library for US Studies. Located in the Rothermere American Institute, our collection focuses predominantly on the history (social, political and economic) of the United States from Colonial times to the present day.