5 GLBT Libraries on LibraryThing

Use these links to check out the collections in 5 GLBT Libraries around the country.

Pittsburgh: http://www.librarything.com/profile/GLCC

St. Paul: http://www.librarything.com/profile/Quatrefoil_library

Indianapolis: http://www.librarything.com/profile/ChrisGonzalezLibrary

Dallas: http://www.librarything.com/profile/LibraryRCDallas

Chicago: http://www.librarything.com/profile/leatherarchives

There are many more and I’ll add more links soon.


GLBT Lit: Is It Widely Available?

I’ve been working on a project to help determine how widely available GLBT literature is in private (in home) and public library collections. I’m using the collection at the GLCC of Pittsburgh Library (4,800 books) as a base to start my “research”. It’s fairly easy to do some of the collection analysis since everything has been entered into LibraryThing.

From our LibraryThing entries I can see how many other libraries and individuals have collected the same titles and which titles have been scanned or loaded into the Google Books Project. A couple more clicks does a WorldCat search and I can see how many libraries worldwide own each title. If the item is owned by another local library (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh or the University of Pittsburgh Library System) I’m indicating that as well.

The GLCC Library collection is pretty evenly divided between fiction/literature and non-fiction so the analysis will have a good mix of different types of books. Every book added since January 2011 (163 books) has been analyzed and I’ve done another 1,300 or so that were added previously.

For the most part I can say that GLBT literature is fairly widely held and based on the other local library’s holdings it’s well represented in Pittsburgh. Of the titles analyzed so far:
513 are not owned by either of the other local libraries. (GLCC collection only)
728 are owned by the University of Pittsburgh
605 are owned by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
630 have at least a partial view in Google Books

I’m going to continue with this phase of analysis for a while then tackle a second phase that will deal with the rare items that are not widely held by libraries on OCLC and LibraryThing. We have many books in our collection that I can’t find on OCLC. That doesn’t necessarily mean that no one has them but if I can’t find them on OCLC not many users could.

I’m proving the old adage that “librarians like to search and users want to find” is true. Only the most determined user could find some of this stuff.