In an earlier post I ranted about LibLime Koha, whose flashy homepage promises Everyman solutions to library cataloging but then delivers download instructions in monstrously complex techie mumbo-jumbo.
Well, LibLime, I don’t need ya anymore!
I have officially started cataloging our books on GuruLib, a wonderful web-based and FREE cataloging service–no downloads at all! I had initially been exploring LibraryThing as an alternative, but that service is limited only to books. That doesn’t really help organizations with very complex libraries full of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, videos, pamphlets, etc. GuruLib, on the other hand, lets you catalog all of the above. In fact, it lets you catalog anything you want! And even better, it has a no-nonsense organizational system called “shelves” where you can create user-friendly categories and keywords. Even better, you can make your site “public” so everyone can see it: gurulib.com/your_user_name.
I think GuruLib deserves more attention than it’s gotten. A Google search for free library cataloging services turns up about 10 different LibraryThing pages, but if GuruLib was there, I didn’t see it within the first few pages. In fact, I found the link on an obscure blog using a tangential Google search I can’t remember.
Highly recommended for small libraries!
(Now that I’ve complimented it, it will probably promptly stop working for me.)