Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Thingers--The Combination Platter

Today's question: Cataloging sources. What cataloging sources do you use most? Any particular reason? Any idiosyncratic choices, or foreign sources, or sources you like better than others? Are you able to find most things through LT's almost 700 sources?

My library is a combination platter: half my own books and half books inherited from my grandmother and mother. Most of my own books were easily found using Amazon, Amazon UK, and the Library of Congress. There were vast numbers of my inherited books that might have come up by searching the Library of Congress, but I found myself entering all the book info for many volumes line by line. Did I mind? Nope! I considered myself to be broadening LT's horizons.

I just had a look at my catalogue statistics at Library Thing. My rememberer works well, I'm glad to say:

3,178 Amazon.com
129 Manual entry
87 Library of Congress
120 Amazon.co.uk
2 University of Chicago


  1. 'broadening LT's horizons' lol I like the way you think :)

  2. I may be strange...skip that, I know I'm strange...but I always get a kick out of entering a book on LT and it shows as "no other members" having it. I'm trying to get my book covers caught up, but that's one of those tasks that keeps getting shoved to the back burner.

  3. That's not strange, Cathy - I'm the same about entering a book and finding out no one else has it. Mmm - maybe we're both strange.

  4. I had never heard of "Library Thing" so I took a few minutes and researched it. Very impressive.

    Also like the photo you have in your profile. I've actually sat in that chair, in that library, reading. :-)


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