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Contents notes vs. analytics

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1aulsmith
Fév 4, 2010, 9:02pm

There seem to be two basic approaches to contents, either listing them on the main work record (Librarians call this a contents note) or making a separate entry for the the individual story, poem, what have you (Librarians call this making analytics). I've done both in my catalog. Some contents I merely want searchable. The contents note thing works fine for that. However, with the science fiction stories I want to track whether I have multiple copies in various anthologies. That way we can get rid of anthologies that have only popular stories we have elsewhere.

What are other folks doing?

2andyl
Fév 5, 2010, 4:40am

I'm doing contents notes.

I would love to do stuff better but I don't think LT supports it to my satisfaction yet.

3AnnieMod
Fév 5, 2010, 5:35am

I am still wondering what I want to do so not doing anything... yet. I read a lot of short stories so I need to be able to get all the stories from the same author easy enough. Using a comment for the content will do the trick but not as cleanly as a separate work for each of them. On the other hand adding all of them separately without a good way to link them to their paper sources (short of some kind of tags) won't do much good either. So... still thinking. Probably will start playing with these soon enough and see what I will come up with.

4aulsmith
Fév 5, 2010, 8:09pm

2: I certainly agree that LT does not support this well. Still, it's better than the other systems (paper and spreadsheet) I've tried.

3: I'm putting the source(s) in the comments field. They're searchable there and the original comes up in the search too so I can find it on the shelves (Our anthologies are filed strangely)

I found an Mozilla applet that let's me set up the repetious part of the manual record and then I can just zip through the title and author's of each one.

Why do tags make better linkages for you? That is what bluetyson does, but it never seemed necessary to me.

5AnnieMod
Fév 6, 2010, 5:42pm

The search will pull anything that have the words in the comments field... while a tag will show just the ones that you need. And I am using the comments for other things sometimes. But still wondering.