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My massive reorganization of the home library is more than half done. As of now, the downstairs books are done. That is 11 units, 113 shelves, and 25 or so major topics.

Tomorrow I have to move some redundant and re-classified books to the upstairs library and then move those books all around. That part of the library is already fairly organized so that will be mostly moving books from shelf to shelf to lump topics together. Easier. 11 months ago

jdcapshaw120I used the Dewey Decimal System as a guide

(this wasn’t so hard, I just looked up titles at my local library’s website online & not all of them either; I did it by category) and I used Excel so I can sort by author or title.

I read a lot and have owned an awful lot of books at various times. Now I only hold on to books that I might reference in the future and a handful of books by favorite authors. I think books deserve to be read & (usually); they’ve brought me so much pleasure I’d like someone else to have that same delight. I now relinquish read books (it’s not good to cling anyway) and send them to someone who wants to read them (see It’s cheap & easy.) The only book I’ve ever thrown away were three by Dr. Phil.

I also keep a book journal just in case I want to see if I’ve read a particular book or want to hunt it down again. BTW, I just finished the first Harry Potter book and it was as GREAT as everyone has been telling me since it was published back in the day… If you want it, you can get it from me on bookmooch! 4 years ago

MarinaWolfAnother large shelving unit relocated

Added another 210 books to the del.ici.ous database, and found 4 duplicates (so far) which can go to the BookCrossing basket at Panera. I should be able to do at least one more unit, or as many as 3 today.

I’m finding some really good books I’d forgotten about, so I was glad to run across them again. 6 years ago

MarinaWolfHave to move out of my office...

in order to make room for my daughter’s arrival in August. I’m supposed to be looking into the cost of finishing out the portable building we’re buying in order to get me completely out of the house. In the meantime, I’m making room for my various shelving units to go elsewhere in the house so that I don’t have to have them packed away in the heat, which will destroy them if left long enough.

Yesterday, I moved the recipe books back into the dining room (after I cleared off the work table and sent it to the living room). Then, I filled the wine rack with our small collection, and also put several glasses back (clearing a little bit of space in our regular cabinets). Then, I moved some board and glass block shelving and filled that with Permanent Collection paperbacks. Decided to catalog all these, and added 158 to the database. Not sure if I’ll go back and do the recipe books soon (some do not have ISBNs), but that can wait until all the other shelving is done. 6 years ago

MarinaWolfI did a little shelf-shifting

and got a bunch (especially my son’s spillover) off the floor. None added to the database lately, but maybe this weekend. 7 years ago

MarinaWolfAdded another 150 books

That was nearly all the books on my original hallway case (all but what’s on top an a few dated reference-type books). Still working on the other hallway unit, then will start entering the books in my office. 7 years ago

MarinaWolfAnother drop in the bucket

I added 52 books to my Delicious Library db (all of the parenting books on top of the hallway shelves) and I also aded 3 cds to my music “shelf.” I might as well catalog those, too; it might make it easier for me to work on the “add cd music to ipod” goal. 7 years ago

MarinaWolfLast weekend

I bought the full license for the library software and proceeded to add another 100 books or so (which was a very small drop in the bucket) into the computer . I also did a little rearranging and shelved nearly all the books that had been on the floor. I still have two big stacks of Anthony’s books which should go into his room, but I think I’ll scan those in first, so I can also track his collection.

I think that I can reasonably enter one shelf at a time and have this goal completed in the forseeable future. 7 years ago

MarinaWolfThe first thing I need to do...

is cut way back on the acquisition. Despite the purchase of 6 different bookshelves since last year (I bought 3 similar to these: Folding Shelves last year for my birthday), I still have piles on a quickly shrinking floorspace.

Right now, I have only a very basic sorting system: my BookCrossing books are contained on 4 shelving units, most of my spiritual practice books are on 2 units, my cookbooks are on one dictionary stand near the kitchen, and everything else (literature, crafts, etc.) takes up the other 6 units.

My husband has given me the go-ahead to buy the full version of Delicious Library so I can get it all on the computer and have a sort of cataloging system. Hey, if it frees up the many brain cells that are keeping track of where each book might be located, it’s well worth the investment. 7 years ago

idriss974find a wonderfyl piece of software : delicius library

very good software using isight webcam to scan barcode of books and connect to amazon site to get information and cover pages …. amazing…try it…. 7 years ago

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