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|Labeling Books with Library of Congress Call Numbers|
|News - Theology|
|Written by Tim Black|
|Thursday, 06 September 2007 08:05|
I have a personal library of about 2,000 books. In the last 5 years I’ve often found myself thinking, “I remember reading about this topic in book X, and I’d like to footnote its discussion, and I know I own the book...now where is that book?” I look in the likely spots on my bookshelves without finding it, then tediously scan every bookshelf and pile of books, only to end up not finding the book. Frustrating.
When I worked under the Cataloger in the library at Westminster Theological Seminary, I found the solution. It was time to give up on constantly re-creating my own system of categories for ordering the books on my shelves and do what all academic libraries do: label the books with Library of Congress Call Numbers. It’s the best academic book categorization system in the world, period. Why invent my own categories when I can access the combined wisdom of many thousands of trained academic librarians? And the automation tools exist to make it relatively easy. What doesn’t exist is a description of the process for transforming bookshelves that hide your books from you into a refined, accessible personal library.
So, in the hope it will help you as much as it did me, I now unveil the process I use for labeling my books:
- Download Readerware ($40 or so) from www.readerware.com & install the program.
You may find that the academic footnoting/bibliography software called EndNote or Nota Bene could provide similar functionality.
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