Thursday, December 20, 2007

For What it's Worth...

There are many advantages I can think of for using LibraryThing.

There is one thing I wish I had thought of before I started creating my catalog of books, though. Once I had a few hundred books in the catalog, I could no longer be sure whether a particular book I picked up was in the catalog yet, or not.

In retrospect, it seems obvious that I ought to have put some kind of tag or mark in each book as I entered it in the database, so I could see at a glance it was done. But not. So I have spent the past three days branding the books I've entered, checking many that weren't on a particular shelf - did I input that book, or not? I nearly wore out the search function for my catalog. Now I can be sure that all the books on nineteen shelves have been cataloged, and all the books on the remaining shelves have not yet been entered.

This has been a rather backwards way of organizing a library.

So, if anyone decides to catalog their books, here is an idea, for what it's worth - mark them as you enter them in the catalog, and you won't have to guess later, and search, to see if the work is done on them or not.

2 comments:

Kat said...

Actually, if you're entering books by ISBN (as I am), the system will warn you if you enter a duplicate ISBN. Which, having no memory to speak of, I find handy.

May be a bit late to mention it, though. :)

Pandababy said...

Does it warn you with a pop-up? I have repressed pop-ups on my computer, and haven't seen a warning. The only way I can check is going to "profile" and then "stats", to see if all my entries are singular. "Stats" will show how many duplicate books are entered, and a click can bring duplicates up, another click deletes the extras.