Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Here's to You, Miss Robin
I am dedicating this post to Robin. Before Jake left, we had often discussed the need to keep track of all our books. We needed a library system for our computer. Jake also wanted a system that he could mark which books he had read and what ones he would want me to send him. His plan is to send home the stack he took when he is finished with them all, and then ask me for x number of books from his "to read" list. So a few months ago we bought some home-use library software for our computer. Yes, we have a cataloging program that keeps track of all information - even who we lend books to so don't be thinking you can never return a borrowed book! It has happened before and with this and new name stickers we are putting in every book, we are hoping to ward of this problem forever.
Jake helped the cataloging process get started. He asked me to finish it. I have put it off due to the fact that most of the books we have left either don't have an ISBN or don't have a recognizable ISBN. Did you know that most children's books, cookbooks, and church books and books older than 1966 don't have an ISBN? We have a ton of books in these categories. That is why I have put it off. Entering each one manually with all available information is time consuming. But this morning I decided to take it on, probably due to my added rest. Only nine more shelves to go...Bring it on! Okay, so I am still a little overwhelmed, think I'll start on the last cookbook shelf now that I pulled some of them out to take a cool picture.