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Old 04-24-2014, 04:51 PM   #1
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Goodreads librarian

I am curious about this 'status'.

I mean I read the info, but sometimes real accounts make more sense to me.

How many members here have Librarian status on Goodreads? What are the upsides/downfalls from your perspective?

thanks for humoring me

ETA: Excuse the typo in the poll

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Old 04-24-2014, 05:03 PM   #2
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I see no downfall of being librarian at goodreads, no necessary work at all, and you can update the books so data are right if you're interested on it.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:07 PM   #3
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I selected "I'm one" because there wasn't an option for "I used to be one". I wiped my old account, started fresh and never re-applied for librarian status on the new account.

That said, there aren't really any downfalls, except if you have a picky friend that sends you daily correction requests via PM instead of posting them to the Librarian's group. (Yes, on my old account, I was friends with someone who did that, but it was just one person and I don't think it's a widespread issue.)

The upside is that you can help keep book records in a correct state, if that interests you. Also, if you see something that needs corrected, you can just do it instead of posting it and waiting for someone to fix it.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:38 PM   #4
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In the two years or so I've been a Goodreads librarian there has been no downside. I'm a stickler for accuracy, so I like to be able to make corrections when necessary. Otherwise, I'm too busy to be very active on the site.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:05 PM   #5
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I'm one, but seldom use the privilege. Once or twice in the three years I've had an account. No downside for me.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:23 PM   #6
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:34 PM   #7
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I was thinking about it because it drives me crazy when i go to add a book and the image, ISBN, series, page info , etc are wrong. I have tried a few times, thinking I could correct it, but was not able to. Then saw the info about Librarian status. I used to work (volunteer) on another forum and wouldn't mind helping, but wasn't really sure of the demand. I hate taking on something and then finding that for some reason or another I don't have time to commit to someone else's level/expectations. (don't know if that makes sense)
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:38 PM   #8
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I'm a librarian also but haven't been active since Amazon bought them. They can afford to pay people to manage the data instead of relying on volunteers.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:11 PM   #9
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I hate taking on something and then finding that for some reason or another I don't have time to commit to someone else's level/expectations.
My experience is that no one has any expectations except that you read and follow the Librarian Manual when adding information or making changes. Your level of participation is up to you.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:29 PM   #10
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Upsides - ditto those listed above. Additionally, librarians can correct duplicate entries, which are numerous and (to me) annoying.

Downside - nonexistent (for me). The role's purely voluntary and devoid of pressure, quotas, deadlines.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:06 PM   #11
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Sounds like I sh/could just go for it...so far sounds like something I can do and not work about falling behind/disappointing time wise.

Ty to everyone who has replied or will
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:10 AM   #12
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There aren't any disadvantages I've encountered.

There are many positives if you have an eye for details and use the site to catalog your library (not everyone does). It gives you the ability to edit existing entries, which was important to me since I was finding many of the books I was adding to my shelves had missing or incorrect info.

If you are accepted, I recommend starting slowly, reading the Librarians' Manual, consulting it frequently, and asking in the Librarians' group if you're not sure about anything.

Since correct covers were important to me, reading up on the standards for alternate covers—where there is one ISBN, but multiple cover versions over the years—was a biggie. There are a variety of agreed on community standards for handling issues, so read up and ask questions.

It has no time commitment; it's really up to you how much you want to involve yourself.
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:47 PM   #13
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No downsides -- I became one, and used it maybe once or twice. I haven't been pressured into doing anything yet.
It's basically a manual way of stopping newbies from scribbling all over the book details.

In a similar way to how MR limits what a new member can do (editing posts, I think, as well as adding a signature) until you have 50(?) posts.
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:22 PM   #15
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I'm a librarian on Goodreads. Like the other have said, it allows you to add books that are not there, edit infos and covers and make sure infos are as correct as possible. Some covers are small so if I find a bigger cover for a book, I'll delete the small one and replace it. I've added numerous books in French per example from France and Quebec.
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