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How to set up a home library when I can't buy all new shelves

I'm moving my approximately 900 books to a new apartment and will be combining them with my fiancee's books. I need tips for organization. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Aug 21, 2014 - 14 answers

MARCfilter - level of subject? Why or why not?

Can you show me an example of a library or cataloging agency that uses the "level of subject" indicator value in the 650 field? (The first indicator, not the source indicator value.) I have literally never seen it in the wild, but maybe I've been looking in the wrong places. If your library or agency uses it, why? If you know the reason why you don't, why is that?
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Library cataloging is the best, how do I do more of it?

What are my options re: doing cataloging work for money? Ideally as a contract cataloger, an outsourced worker, or remotely/virtually? What should I learn if I love library back of house/technical services? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Nov 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Peeking inside the Dewey Decimal System's history

[Dewey Decimal Filter] Looking for information about the Dewey Decimal System and its history of revisions. In particular: When and why did Mormonism get moved from Dewey Decimal classification 290 (non-Christian religions) to 289 (other Christian denominations)? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Sep 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Catalog this!

Librarianfilter: I think I'd like to be a cataloger. Librarians, tell me about it! (Also, tell me how cataloging is changing as Library Science becomes more Information Science-y, and about jobs in other fields that use similar skills.) [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Feb 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me find a a concern that can use me

What should I do now? I have no job, no child, no B.A., no debt, no mortgage, am female and am in my 40s. Help me see the possibilities! I have both no idea and every idea. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Dec 30, 2011 - 21 answers

Can you help me index and annotate my brain for my daughter.

I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe on Dec 13, 2011 - 42 answers

Archives crash course for a (future) librarian

Do you have any tips for a librarian-in-training (not archivist-in-training) on how to best approach organizing and cataloging personal archives, without the guidance of an archivist? [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jul 27, 2011 - 6 answers

but they haven't written a Cataloging for Dummies! I looked!

I need an introduction to practical cataloging, as opposed to the very theoretical stuff we covered in library school. I have recently started a job as a public library cataloger, I guess on the strength of my interest and local ties, as I have zero experience. So, what books/online tutorials would you recommend to a brand-new cataloger, who took her last cataloging class in 2003? [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Software for a small library

What kind of cheap/affordable cataloging software is out there for small libraries? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Her Permanant Record: Why did the LOC Know Her Real Name?

On last night's History Detectives, they were tracking down the real author and backstory of Diana: A Strange Autobiography (1939). During that investigation, Tukufu Zuberi went to the Library of Congress (paper) Card Catalog, and a slightly altered version of the author's real name was listed there after the published author's name. This leads me to several questions about LOC cataloging c. 1939: [more inside]
posted by julen on Jul 27, 2010 - 12 answers

DVD indexing/cataloging software options?

Does anyone have any suggestions for DVD indexing/cataloging software options? [more inside]
posted by neksys on Apr 22, 2010 - 7 answers

What are the telecommuting options for an mlis?

I'm about half way through an mlis degree. (Both the mlis and my bachelor's are from well-respected schools.) I'm wondering what options are available for telecommuting for those with a library and information science degree? (I'll be living in a fairly remote location which will necessitate alternative employment!) My writing skills are strong. Grant writing? Cataloging? Is "information broker" actually a viable option? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
posted by longhaultrucker on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Creating a small library for a non-profit

Looking for resources on creating a small library for a non-profit company [more inside]
posted by andendau on Jul 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Illuminate the dark arts of OPAC searching of MARC fields.

Searching for MARC fields in Millennium OPAC 'Create Lists,' or, more precisely: how can I limit search results to classed serials? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Jun 12, 2009 - 7 answers

DV/HDV storage and cataloging

Hi all... long time listener, first time caller (poster) I have almost 100 DV/HDV tapes that I have recorded since about 2003. I have not been the best at labeling all my tapes, especially not lately since my twin sons where born. At the moment all my tapes are stored in a box in a drawer :-\ I am looking for a good method of cataloging and storing my DV/HDV tapes. Does anyone have any great, cheap and maybe do-it-yourself solutions for storing tapes. For cataloging I could imagine a google docs document or something, but if anyone has a better solution I would not mind. Stephen Copenhagen, Denmark
posted by StephenMeldalFoged on Aug 1, 2008 - 6 answers

Mac OS X CD Cataloguing Program

Does anyone know of a mac program to catalogue cds - which will allow me to IMPORT my exisiting files (.csv) from my PC Music catalogue program? [more inside]
posted by Megamix on Mar 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Why reinvent the SQL wheel?

Software design question - Why do people still write PC archiving and cataloging software? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on Dec 15, 2006 - 8 answers

How to catalog a print collection for sale

I am helping a family friend sort out a basement full of well-preserved books, magazines and ephemera so that they can be sold. In desperate need of a system to catalog the inventory. [more inside]
posted by Francophone on Aug 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Cataloging research materials

How do I catalogue (somewhat informally) a stack of letters, articles, photos and cassettes. I don't have any specialized software other than good old Excel and that MS database program (Access?). Thank you, fellow office zombies! [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Cataloging and Authority Records for n00bs

I am an academic reference librarian who has been thrust unceremoniously into a cataloging position. Help me understand what I'm doing! [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Jun 12, 2006 - 6 answers

What ever happened to SingleFile?

Anyone know what happened to SingleFile (37signals' online book cataloging software)? Bonus question: why is LibraryThing succeeding (or so it appears) when SingleFile failed? [more inside]
posted by zanni on Nov 27, 2005 - 8 answers

Cataloging by font in AAT

Non-book CatalogingFilter: Is there a resource that maps typefaces by name to terms from the Art and Architecture Thesaurus? [more inside]
posted by stet on Sep 30, 2005 - 2 answers

Recommendations for Book Database Applications (Windows XP)?

Good book database programs. [mi] [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 on Sep 10, 2004 - 3 answers

Indexing CDs

I have 500+ CDs, and I'm thinking about indexing them so I know what I have (none were stolen in our recent break-in, but now I'm mindful of what COULD happen). What's the best way to do this? Make a database in a Microsoft program? Is there a free easy utility out there? Someone might have asked this already, if so, I apologize.
posted by agregoli on May 11, 2004 - 21 answers

Calling all Catalogers! I want to get a spine label tattooed on my spine.

Calling all Catalogers! With the impending completion of my MLS, I want to get a spine label tattooed on my spine. However, after reading this thread, the last thing I want to do is make a mistake in my self marking. I'd be laughed out of the ALA! [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Apr 9, 2004 - 13 answers

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