Posting to Autocat
On 6/8/2014 10:11 PM, libcat32 wrote:
I was approached by a community member who has their own collection of books and journals at home for his own personal use. He would like to catalog his collection so he knows what he has and can locate things easily. He would like the journal articles to be included as individual titles with his monographs in his catalog. His resources include one desktop computer with internet access. He does not have and is not interested in subscribing to OCLC or purchasing any database software. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to start? I looked at the books on his book shelves and it all looks like copy cataloging to me. What would you recommend to get existing copy cataloging and what would his local ‘catalog’ be to put the copy cataloging into? And would that accommodate existing cataloging of journal articles? Also his local catalog should be able to have original cataloging added to it should that need arise.
Thanks a bunch!
There are a few options.
First is Zotero, which is a free plugin for Firefox, although it is available as a standalone version. https://www.zotero.org/ It is capable of automatically downloading the metadata from all kinds of sources, including Worldcat and Google Books, metadata for articles, and so on.
I would suggest the free program Calibre available from http://calibre-ebook.com/. Although it is designed for ebooks, it doesn’t have to be and can be used for a physical collection. Here is a tutorial
You can download the metadata automatically using this tool, also, although I don’t think you have the same options as with Zotero.
Both can be accessed over the web, using the sync function in Zotero, or with Calibre, it is pretty easy to make it into a web server.
I am sure there are other options, but these are the ones that I use.
They are relatively easy to use.