Top Ten Facebook Apps for Librarians – Part One


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Librarians are experimenting with a wide range of Facebook Apps ranging from the productive such as the 30 Boxes Calendar, Meebo, Twitter, and Zoho Online Office to the silly with Zombies, Likeness, My Aquarium, and SuperPoke. Here are the first three Facebook Apps designed for the librarian in all of us:

Books iRead – With nearly 200,000 users, this handy app claims to be the most popular book application on Facebook. iRead lets you share a virtual bookshelf of titles you are currently reading, those you want to read, those you have read in the past, and books you won’t read. You can also rate titles, spotlight book reviews you’ve written, and list books you own as well as your all-time favorite books. By accessing your iRead dashboard you can check out your friends’ reads, tweak your display settings, and view new books added to the quickly-growing collection of 2.8 million books.  Other options – Visual Bookshelf    (115,881 users), Books By Martin Mroz and Larry Gadea (50,542 users), Books By Jonathan Lipps, (26,177 users).

LibGuides Librarian – For those of you using Springshare’s LibGuides subject guides maker for libraries, you’ll be pleased to see this new app which lets you display your guides in your Facebook profile and also provides a search of your library’s catalog.

Librarian –This virtual librarian service provides links to books, scholarly sources, and reference resources which the community can add to and vote on. Those who access this application can access an “Ask a Librarian” service, as well as customize and build their own widget based on the original. Over 1,000 people have installed this useful application which was created by library school student Brad Czerniak.

More to come…