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July 26, 2012 / carlispina

Enter the Storyverse™ with Small Demons

One of the most fun and unique websites that I saw in the Exhibit Hall at ALA Annual this year was Small Demons. Currently in beta, Small Demons aims to create what they refer to as the Storyverse™, a collection of information on all of the references found in pretty much any book. Wondering about the movies Haruki Murakami mentions in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle? Want to know more about the Swedish figures that Stieg Larsson includes in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? Only want to read books that mention Bob Dylan? Small Demons can help you with all of that. This makes it a great tool for any avid reader, but I think Small Demons is a particularly good tool for librarians as a Readers’ Advisory tool, a resource for creating playlists based on songs referenced in a book, or a way of creating displays around the invisible connections between books.

While users can currently provide feedback on mistakes or omissions that they find on the site, Small Demons has plans to add the ability to become a curator on the site. Curators are those users who will add information and images, verify existing entries and earn points and badges in the process. I personally can’t wait for this feature because I think it will be a great way of contributing to this impressive collection of background information on popular books. But, beyond this, I also think the ability to contribute to the site will open up new uses for the site from communities coming together over a shared interest in a book or author to teachers integrating the curation process into the book review process for their classes. Small Demons is currently a fun resource for finding information on the latest book you are reading, but I think it has the potential to be so much more and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future.

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