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How does your library grow?

Written by Kirsten on November 8th, 2009

So I’ve been absent for a bit while I’ve worked toward getting situated in my new digs… Last weekend was very productive, but I’ve been putting off – not because of dread, but because of sheer size – the Great Book Reorganization. Which commenced tonight.

I know some of you from LibraryThing, so I can safely assume that you’ve at least cataloged some or all of your collection; outside of that, do you use tags, collections, both, neither? Do these resources inform how your books are physically placed? For those of you not on LibraryThing or another cataloging site (perish the thought!), how are your books organized throughout your home?

My former strategy was very basic – reference together, non-fiction together, adult fiction together, YA/children’s fiction together, all arranged alphabetically by author and then either alphabetically or, in the case of series, chronologically. Now, I’ll probably employ a similar strategy, but the big task is adding tags and collections for my own use, and private comments so I can note which books I no longer own due to the division of the books with my ex. I’ve been rather slack with my cataloging and virtual organizing for some time, so this is a very time-consuming, but very soothing, project, and one which will truly transform my house into a home when it’s complete.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Well…I’m sort of wishy-washy on tags myself. I mostly use them for my 2009 reads widget and to track who has borrowed my books. My other tags do mostly correspond to the way my books are shelved, but the shelving came first, then the tags. Of course, I’ve worked off and on for Borders (currently off) since 2000, so I tend to shelve my books the way they’d be shelved in the store!
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  2. cessie says:

    Hi! I landed on your blog because we both signed up for Dreadlockgirl’s readathon in the coming weekend. And I’m kind of curious who else is participating so I thought I’d make a little blog tour!

    I see you just have done another readathon! Wow! I’m brand new to this thing so don’t know whether I will manage to do it all but we will see!

    I’m not using Library Thing but Goodreads. I like Goodreads a lot but haven’t put all of my books into it yet. Not sure if I ever will. I still have the rather oldfashioned but functional Excel sheet for cataloging my books and I like it actually. I use several tags for genres, countries, etc. And it’s very easy to make selections and so on.

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