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Tip Jar Post #7: Keep Track of Everything You Read

Female student runs to the library to ask the librarian if she knows of a library book with a green cover.

Have you ever tried to remember a book you’d read, but all you could recall were a few details, like that it was about World War II and it had a red cover?  Makes it pretty hard to find.  Don’t let that happen to you again!  You can keep track of all the items you check out from the UT Libraries with one click of a library catalog button, illustrated by the tutorial below.

Collecting your reading history is entirely private and you can opt-out at any time. It works for anything you physically check out from the library – books, DVDs, CDs, journals, reserve readings, etc. It won’t collect items you’ve checked out from other libraries via InterLibrary Services, but you can view things you’ve checked out from them simply by logging into to your ILS account. Happy tracking!

Looking for a good book?

Need something to read while sunning yourself at Barton Springs? Here are two new ways the Libraries can provide some useful reading recommendations.

1) When you search for a title in the Library Catalog, you’ll now see recommendations in the full record for related reading generated by users of LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com). Each title also displays the tags that LibraryThing users have assigned to the books they’ve read. Click on an interesting tag to find other related books.

Click here for an example.

2) Check out the titles that faculty members are recommending through the Freshman Reading Roundup. While only incoming freshman can sign up for a book discussion with the faculty member, the faculty recommendations can be a useful starting point for finding a new and interesting book to read.