Hello, Everyone! We’re breathing new life into our blog after an almost five-year hiatus.
One of the big changes since we last posted is that we’re now using LibraryThing to catalog our collection. Don’t panic, the Borden card catalog isn’t going away!
Have you heard of LibraryThing? It’s a free site (up to a certain level) that allows users to catalog their book collections.
You can view The Institute Library’s online catalog here: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/TheInstituteLibrary What you’ll see is, as of today, just a small portion of our actual holdings.
When we first started using LibraryThing several years ago, we were only cataloging new acquisitions. In December 2017, however, we started the herculean task of cataloging our entire collection. We’re not sure how many books we have — probably over 30,000 — and this project will let us know exactly what we have.
A handful of volunteers have been working to enter each book into LibraryThing, but we could use your help in giving this project a huge boost.
Would you like to help us? We’d love to have you as an on-going volunteer or you can join us for a special event.
We’re having a LIBRARY THING – A – THON on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 10 am – 2 pm.
Help bring our 100+-year-old collection of books into the digital age!
Bring your own laptop and power cord. We’ll begin with a 20-minute tutorial to get everyone started. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
If you are not affiliated with Yale, please sign-up sign-up here.
If you are affiliated with Yale, please sign-up here (Yale Day of Service site).
Entering books into LibraryThing is easy and it’s fascinating to get acquainted with a section and discover the gems in our collection. We hope you can join us!