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Thu, Aug. 22nd, 2013, 10:39 pm
pilferedvino: Advice cataloguing a friends collection

This seems to be one of the few communities on lj for librarians that hasn't dried up (what happened??). Anyway I've been asked by a friend to catalogue her books. I'd like to download an appropriate database for free or for a small sum. Does anybody have any suggestions. She has a collection of around 2000 books.

Thu, Aug. 22nd, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)


Fri, Aug. 23rd, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)

I second LibraryThing. Love it.

Thu, Aug. 22nd, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)

My post was marked as spam so forgive if it posts twice but Readerware is a pretty good product. I won't post the link but add a dot com to that to get the site.

I started using it a few versions ago and don't have the updated version but it was easy to add books, customize headings, get reports and all sorts of stuff with it.

Fri, Aug. 23rd, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)

A quick trick on newer books if you want to use the Library of Congress classification--most newer books have the LC classification # listed on the back of the title page (usually toward the bottom).

Fri, Aug. 23rd, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)

I also use library thing for my book collection, I have just over 1000 books. Works great for a personal collection and you can catalog the way you want. (I pretty much developed my own system based on the number of items I had in the category - more like a bookstore and less like a library)

Fri, Aug. 23rd, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I should give more information. She's going to pay me so I want to do a good job (I would do it for free but she has insisted) . Initially I'm going to catalogue about 1000 books but she wants a searchable database that she can add new books with their subjects to herself. I'm not sure about a classification system I suppose that's something we can work out. I love library thing but I'm not sure library thing is idea, in this case I think it would be too minimal, I'll look into it though. The collection is just for her own use.

Fri, Aug. 23rd, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)

There's always evergreen ils. And there's Koha.

We use Evergreen at my library and it's good for what you're wanting to do but not overly intuitive. If you're used to using an ILS you'll figure it out. There's lots of documentation. And I've used Koha in the past, just as a test, so I don't have a lot of experience with it.

Wed, Aug. 28th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)

Hi everyone. Thanks for your advice. We decided to go with Libarything as she doesn't require, reports, loan function or offline access etc... but it's good to know about the other ils for future reference.