Posted by: bluesyemre | December 21, 2015

Libib (a website and app that catalogs books, movies, music, and video games)


Small libraries can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars a year on an ILS. The libib cataloging service, originally created to organize personal libraries, is making sure organizations such as religious institutions, corporate libraries, and departments in universities have an affordable, easy-to-use cataloging and circulation system for their books. In November 2015, libib released a set of updates designed to improve searching and other aspects of the service.

libib can keep track of books, movies, music, and video games in up to 100 separate library lists. It’s available for personal or small organizational libraries as a website or app (for iOS and Android devices). Library lists can be private or shared. To add an item to a list, users scan its bar code (using the mobile app or with the recommended handheld laser bar code scanner, purchased separately) and search the libib database for it or enter its ISBN or UPC code manually. libib retrieves the item’s cover art and metadata, which is then stored in the user’s library.

For each item, users can create tags, groups, and notes. They can also export their lists for offline access as a CSV (comma-separated values) file. If they want to write a review of an item, they can post it in the libib social space and follow other users to see their opinions.

Keeping track of a personal library of up to 100,000 items is free. Organizations can pay $5 per month for a Pro account, which has advanced cataloging features such as a lending and circulation system, multi-user management for lists (at $1 per additional user per month), custom branding, and patron holds and email reminders for due dates.

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