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Information about BookLens - a book rating, review, and recommendation feature in the Saint Paul Public Library catalog.

Features

BookLens adds ratings and reviews to items found in Twin Cities metro area library catalogs.

Log in to your account to rate and review items in the catalog. When you are logged in, you will also receive predictions of how much you will like other titles in the catalog.

As you use rate more items, the predictive ratings and recommendations will get more accurate and personalized.

Ratings & Predications

Book, DVDs, or CDs can be rated by clicking on the star widget. Items that you have already rated will show your rating.

If you have not rated an item, BookLens will show you a personalized prediction, colored differently from a rating. If there is not enough data yet to make a prediction, BookLens will show the average rating.

Reviews

You can write your own review for any book or movie in the library and share it with the community. You can also read reviews written by other patrons.

Recommendations

When you are logged in, you will see recommendations for titles you might like, based on the ratings that you have given items in the catalog.

If you are not logged in, you will see more general recommendations based on the book or movie you are looking at.

Ratings

As you browse the catalog, you will see ratings for items.

Ratings on the browse screen

Predictions

When you are logged in to the catalog, if you have not rated a title, you will see a prediction for how much the BookLens system "thinks" you will like the book:

Predictions on the browse screen

Note: If there is not enough information to make an accurate prediction, the average rating for the item will be shown.

Rate and Review Items

If you have already rated an item, your own rating will appear:

My rating

You will also then be able to write a review for the item:

Write a review

Recommendations

When you are logged in, you will see recommendations for titles you might like, based on ratings you have given.

If you are not logged in, you will see more general recommendations based on the item you are looking at.

BookLens recommendations in the library catalog

Participating Libraries

Libraries participating in BookLens:

Saint Paul Public Library

Dakota County Library

Hennepin County Library

Ramsey County Library

Washington County Library

Eventually, BookLens will be available in the catalogs of all the MELSA libraries.