LibraryThing Open to Law Firms

LibraryThing has opened its doors to organizations such as law firms. A pricing structure has been put in place … $25 per year to 500 books and $50 per year to 5,000 books.

Check out the guidelines at Can Organizations Join LibraryThing? LibraryThing is working on some features that will prevent the collections for organization from negatively impacting the LibraryThing experience for those with personal collections. It also sounds like they will be developing further enhanced features that will be attractive to organizations with small library collections. Sounds interesting.

Considering the cost of feature-rich library software, which is sometimes more than many small firm libraries need and then the not so attractive alternative that some have gone to such as using Microsoft Access to catalogue their collections (rather than spend bundles on costly library software), LibraryThing might just nicely fill that gap.

A few years ago I was in the position of having to choose software for our firm’s library catalague and as much as I would liked to have gone with Inmagic, with which I was already familiar, the cost was simply prohibitive for a collection the size of this one. After much looking and testing, we finally settled on Insignia Software and I’ve been quite happy with it. That it was initially designed for schools was an attractive selling point. The Web OPAC has proved to be very easy for the lawyers to use no matter their level of comfort with technology. Still, I’ll be watching LibraryThing.

I wonder what library software others are using in their firm or corporate libraries? I know one other firm in Saskatoon is using Insignia. Is anyone else? It astounds me when I hear that firms are using Microsoft Access. I’ve used that application before for other things but I do think it’s a sad substitute for library software.


  1. What LibraryThing is doing sounds very interesting, Heather.

    I bet the public libraries will be increasingly using Web 2.0 type applications, which will start to drive the rest of us. I always get excited reading blogs by Stephen Abrams and Michael Stephens, how they are really motivating the public libraries to push the envelope with new technologies.

    In my office we are using InMagic, currently using their proprietary database DB/Textworks with the web interface Webpublisher Pro. I love how it allows us to populate various web pages by pulling up pre-canned search results. Very cool. We are trying to leverage the software as much as possible, although I know there are others doing even more with it. We’re slowly learning to push the envelope ourselves!


  2. I know InMagic has come a long way since I was first using it in 1985. I’d love to be using it again, but it’s just so expensive for a small firm. I agree with you, Connie, as the Web 2.0 style applications blossom and develop, I expect to see increasing flexibility from the library software’s we’re currently familiar with. I hope it also results in making them more affordable? Pipe dreams?