Sunday, April 22, 2007

"...the card catalog has been a companion all my working life." - Barbara Tuchman

I am VERY BUSY doing this: know....I'm just sorta busy.

Three hundred and twenty-three, and not even close to being finished.


nutmeg said...

I made up my mind last week that I was going to "bite the bullet" and pay my $25 (or whatever it is) for unlimited listing of books and put them in right - not just by title - but by full ISBN. I've been adding and deleting to it just for blog "widget" purposes but I now want to put my whole library in etc etc etc. Just one more thing to keep me on the computer - but Oh the lists and fun one can have when it is done!

Can you put a link to your library on your blog when it is done? I would love to see it in all its glory!

lazy cow said...

Just adore Library Thing. It really doesn't take that long to input everything (if you have less than 2000 books like me). I'm even using it to track library books, and wishlist books. So looking forward to seeing your list.

PS OF COURSE I'm answering email! I have to have SOME addictions :-)

BabelBabe said...

i bought the year membership which was dumb, i should have done lifetime. oh well. and i am beng totally lazy and just inputting roughly the version i have, i am NOT looking them up by ISBN.
it does go very quickly.

Badger said...

I tried to do LibraryThing at one time, I swear I did, but I must have seen something shiny and gotten distracted.

As re: your title quote, when library card catalogs became 100% computerized, I died a little inside. I still miss the actual CARDS, and the fun of flipping through them and discovering other things on the way to what I wanted. Which is why I still keep a paperback dictionary next to my keyboard, I guess.

Sarah Louise said...

Yesterday I had at least one patron come in saying how they missed the card catalog.

Since I currently have a problem with taking out too many library books, LT has become my list of books I want to read but had to return before I read them.

Jess said...

I just had someone ask yesterday if we still kept the cards around, just not out for use. I certainly prefer using a PAC but the card catalogs certainly were more aesthetically pleasing. Fond memories.

tut-tut said...

I agree with Badger. I worked in a library in a very very small town, and the librarian there was VERY resistant to compterizing the system. He hid the compters in the basement, and it wasn't until the library trustees made quite a fuss that a computer made its way upstairs--and then it was only for Internet connection for patrons.

Every patron had a library card number, and every single person felt slighted if I didn't remember theirs! I've since moved, but I'll wager if anything has been compterized, it's been very very recently.

tut-tut said...

One more thing: if you like British humorous "women's" fiction, pick up No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club, by Virginia Ironside.