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Update on the In the Stacks Book Recommendation App

If you’re wondering what we’re doing at In the Stacks (aka ITS), we’re building a Librarian Brain for Book recommendations.

Librarians are book experts. Librarians can be trusted. We can have confidence in librarians to provide stellar book recommendations and content curation. Currently, there are no products that aggregate librarian book recommendations (libraries pull reviews from primarily non-librarian reviewers to fulfill user requests) and there is no consumer-facing librarian recommendation service.

In the Stacks is the bridge connecting Libraries and the outside world. 99% of the people I meet don’t realize what libraries or librarians do, or the services available online. Through your local library’s website, you can check out eBooks and download them to your eReader for free—seriously! It’s incredible that a large portion of the public is unaware of this.

Why We’re doing ITS

That’s why at In the Stacks we’re building The Librarian Brain. It’s a database of every book any librarian has ever recommended. If it’s a book that’s been reviewed publicly by a librarian, then it’s in our database. ITS authentic, which is why we only include recommendations from degree-holding librarians. It can be used inside or outside the library, online, all the time.

We recognized a problem that needs to be solved. Let’s all do our part to move librarianship into the digital era. Think of a problem, where if you solve it, it will help others, too. We’re all in this together. It’s why we’re doing this. More people need to know about the amazing new ways they can benefit from using libraries.

Let Librarians Pick Your Next Read For You! Check Us Out at IntheStacks.tv and sign up to receive personalized book recommendations. Thank you for reading.—Michelle Z. from In the Stacks.tv

ITS an open book: The Librarian Brain

In the Stacks is looking for librarians to collaborate with on a variety of projects and endeavors. We’re looking for librarians who write novels, non-fiction, and memoir. In the Stacks is looking for librarians who write book reviews/blogs, or who do video book reviews/vlogs. We’re looking for librarians who code and develop technology. Please contact michelle@inthestacks.tv for more information.

In the Stacks is Looking for Librarians to Join Us!

 Hint: We’re building a Librarian Brain for Book Recommendations

Sometimes I wonder if we’re not explaining very well what ITS really is. Is it just Michelle doing video book reviews? (ITS much more than that). Is anyone else In the Stacks? (YES! And we also have interns!) Why is Michelle continuing her grad school booktubing project? (Seriously, ITS so much more than that!)

Why does supporting the In the Stacks Librarian Book Recommendation App matter?

It’s because we’re creating a librarian brain of book recommendations. Who reads more or knows more about books than librarians? We want to share our brain with you, online, all the time.

We’ve collected data about books librarians have loved and reviewed from around the world. It’s years and years of publicly available information, in a database, that powers the In the Stacks Book Recommendation App.

When book lovers log in to the app, your personal preferences are combined with top librarian book picks. You get suggestions of books to read, that you will love.

We’re so grateful for the support this year, and are continuing to fundraise for the app launch at ALA San Francisco this June 2015. We also need to build a new website  [;)]

Help us build our app: http://www.gofundme.com/IntheStacksApp

Thanks #booklover! More about future products from the In the Stacks Librarian Developer Lab coming imminently.

Happy Holidays from In the Stacks! Cheers—Michelle Z. and the rest of the ITS team

Why ITS (aka In the Stacks) Matters

In the Stacks is expanding to provide digital services for libraries, publishing, and media. We offer everything from Website and App development, eBook Publishing services, to coordinating Video Production. We utilize existing digital tools and build new solutions when necessary. View the list we’ve compiled of available services to see if any of them fit your needs. If not, we’ll create a custom solution for you. Please contact michelle@inthestacks.tv for more information, and join the group on Facebook.

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