In September I mentioned that the Research Branch had a LibraryThing page. LibraryThing, if you’re not familiar with it, is a website that allows users to catalog their personal libraries using, to quote the company, “an easy, library-quality catalog.”
Now both the North Carolina State Archives and the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC) are entering some of their collections into LibraryThing; the OBHC is entering their substantial book collection while we at the State Archives are using the site to catalog our Search Room reference collection. It is an ongoing project and neither collection is anywhere close to being completed (the number of books entered currently stand at 204 for the State Archives and 190 for the OBHC), but it has already provided both archives with a quick way to make our book materials more available to the public.
You do not have to be a member of LibraryThing to search our LibraryThing catalogs, however if you are a member you can compare your collection with ours and/or be alerted when we add new books to the catalogs. You will still have to visit us in person if you want to use the books you find since both collections are non-circulating (in other words, you can’t check books out from us since we aren’t lending libraries). However this will allow all interested researchers to find out what kinds of book materials we have available before they arrive to do research with us.