The steps I took were as follows:
- Upgrade to a paid lifetime membership with LibraryThing (US$25 via PayPal).
- Export my library data from Delicious Library.
- Make my LibraryThing library private.
- Upload the library data file using LibraryThing’s import feature.
- As the library file uploads (it’s throttled to avoid overloading the library and Amazon servers LibraryThing uses to look up book data), delete duplicate books.
- Delete the books that are definitely Jen’s. (We use Delicious Library to manage our combined book collection; LibraryThing is social software, so it’s got a different purpose: because books say something about the person, I want the books I chose to say it.)
- Delete the books that I don’t want you to know I have. (Heh.)
- Make my library public again.
- Spend hours tinkering with each entry — editing fields, choosing cover art, and so forth. Automatic importing is fast, but it’s imprecise; this will probably be a neverending task.
- Add a nifty badge to the McWetlog’s sidebar.
One observation during this process: LibraryThing is a lot more feature-rich than it was when I first started using it. It’s come a long way in a short time, and I’m very impressed.