Library Thing

There’s been lots of traffic in blogland about Library Thing, a service that lets you build your own personal catalog of books you’ve read, link to them in Amazon, pull subject and library cataloging information from the Library of Congress, and tagalog them with your own ad hoc subject terms.
Steve Cohen of Library Stuff, among others, beat me to the punch by suggesting RSS feeds would be a great add-on feature for Library Thing. And he’s right — it would open up collective book clubs, reading lists of your friends, and so on. And it’s the sort of thing that libraries in general should be adding to their catalogs and patron services. Why not allow those patrons who wish to publicize their reading list to do so? Let them create book lists and tell their friends and family where their book feed is.