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Founder of free online book community
addresses Christian librarians at Eastern Nazarene College

RSS FeedQuincy, MA Jun 12 - The founder and lead developer of LibraryThing.com was the keynote speaker at this year's Association of Christian Librarians' Conference on Thursday, June 12, hosted at Eastern Nazarene College. Tim Spalding spoke to over 200 librarians about his Web site, a free online service to help people catalog their books and also exchange information.

"When there's large quantities, stuff that surfaces to the top is very reliable," Spalding said of the information shared on the site.

LibraryThing has more than 400,000 users and all the information on the Web site is added by members based on their books and reviews. In addition to being able to catalog, the site connects users with the same books and suggests books that may interest them.

The Association of Christian Librarians, founded in 1957, is one of the oldest and largest evangelical academic library organizations in existence, with more than 500 individual and nearly 150 institutional members representing a wide spectrum of denominations. ENC was chosen to host the conference because of its vibrant library and proximity to Boston. ACL publishes the print and online versions of the Christian Periodical Index, the leading guide to evangelical perspective journal articles, as well as The Christian Librarian Journal.

Eastern Nazarene College, on Boston's South Shore, offers over 60 liberal arts majors, as well as graduate degrees, through its traditional four-year undergraduate program and accelerated LEAD program for adult professionals. With a distinctly Christian worldview, ENC aims to prepare students to lead and to serve in an ever-changing world.