December 13, 2007
Librarians R Us
Posted by scott at December 13, 2007 01:53 PM
While we're certainly nowhere near 3500 books, I think we may some day try this solution on our own library. Just being able to figure out what's in there would be nice, for a start.
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I know I'm "preachin' to the choir" here, but I'd just set up an MS Access [or FoxPro or other popular] database. That way you can sort on whichever fields you want, create queries, etc.
I use Access for my CDs, for my DVDs, and of course the coin and paper money collections. Haven't done books yet, but it would be a simple matter to set one up.
Initial-load and updating is as easy (or as complex) as you wanna make it.
Thing is, if I read the article right, as long as the book was published after 1985, all you have to do is scan the barcode and *blip*, all the info you'd need is automatically entered into your card catalog.
oh ok...well that would certainly make the initial load that much easier.
Well, I haven't quite read the whole thing (8 hours of sleep in two days, flights all over the friggin' country), but I have to comment on the whole Access database thing. A song comes to mind. By Styx, no less.
Too much time on my hands.