Monthly Archives: February 2012

A little help from our friend the internet

For anyone out there working on a similar project here is a list of websites we are finding useful:

LibraryWorld: We are using this web-based library automation service to catalog and store all of our records.

WorldCat: Very helpful in locating records not available in LibraryWorld and in finding the correct spelling for foreign-language titles, also helpful for call numbers.

Roman Numerals Calculator: I only know x, i, and v.

Library of Congress class schedules: good for checking call numbers.

OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards: What field should I use?

Google Translate: While not really necessary, this site has a virtual keyboard that can be helpful with diacritics.  Plus it is really fun when computers say things in foreign languages.


carpe diem?


We are moving right along with our foreign-language cataloging this week.  Today I cataloged a book in Finnish, which I didn’t even know was a language.


We are about halfway through our regular-size foreign language collection and then we will be moving on to our final section: foreign-language oversize.  So far we haven’t had any trouble with labels, but we will see how long that lasts once we start adding oversize and volume numbers to our FL call numbers.


FL, large-os, etc.

This week at the Furniture Library has been one of new projects.  We started (and finished) cataloging the super-oversize English-language books.  We also started on the foreign-language regular-size part of the collection.  Cataloging these is going better than I expected, with records for only about a quarter of the items unavailable in LibraryWorld.  So far I have cataloged books in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, French, and German.  The bulk of the collection so far has been in Italian.

Karla and Meaghan started on a new project of going through the bookstore section of the library and searching the catalog for all of the titles.  When they find one that we don’t have in the permanent collection Karla is moving it from the store into the main library.  So far they have added around 100 new titles I would guess.  Amanda, Mary Jane, and I have been keeping busy too, with the addition of so many new books, beginning the FL collection, and adding in records that we can’t find in LibraryWorld.  Lets just hope we can find a place for it all on the shelves!

First month in review

This week we passed the one month mark, and I think so far the project is progressing at good pace.  We have cataloged a little over 1600 books, working our way through almost all of the English-language collection, with the exception of a few more oversize books.  We will hopefully be starting in on the foreign-language section next week.  This probably takes up less than a third of the collection, but we will have to wait and see how quickly we can work through it depending on the availability of good records in LibraryWorld.

Other than that our main emphasis over the last week has been in shelving.  We have been trying to figure out the best way to organize all of the various sections including: regular size English-language, regular size foreign-language, oversize English-language, oversize foreign-language, and super oversize.  While the photographers for the library’s new website were in on Wednesday Amanda, Meaghan, and I took a section out of one of the shelves so that we could shelve our oversize books.  However, we quickly realized that they were not all going to fit on one shelf, so we shelved all that we could and decided to adjust our shelving plan accordingly.  We were going to have one room of regular size English-language books and another room containing oversize and foreign-language, but due to space constraints we decided to go with one room of regular size, English and FL, and one room of all oversize.  We may be changing this in the future but for now I guess it is all part of the learning process.

Giant book vs regular book

Some of the books in the collection are so large that they fit only on the bottom sections of the tall oversize shelves.  We have decided to label these as ‘large-os’ as opposed to our general ‘oversize’ tag so they can all go in the same place.

Giant book as compared to a regular 28 cm book.

































New Oversize Shelf

We are almost finished with the English-language oversize part of the collection!  Our first plan  for room organization was to use the two shelves in one room to hold all of the regular size English-language books, and to use the two shelves in the other room to hold the oversize and foreign-language parts of the collection.  After taking a section out of one of the shelves today and adding as many oversize as possible, we realized we will need more than those two shelves for those parts of the collection.  We are thinking of using part of the regular-size room for the regular-size foreign- language books.


The Furniture Library is currently in the process of not only cataloging their collection, but of creating a new website as well.  On Wednesday last week the photographers for the site were at the library for most of the day taking some photos of the library, as well as a few of those of us working on the collection.

Karla and Meaghan


Meaghan shelving.

I really like this one on old English mansions

Title page.


I'm not sure what this has to do with mansions but I like it.

Another discovery

Early on in cataloging books for the collection, I came across a book by Edith Wharton.   My expertise is not in 

American literature, but when I think of Edith Wharton, I don’t think of house decorations.  It turns out that this was Edith Wharton’s first published book.  She wrote it with a friend who was an architect, Ogden Codman.   They denounced Victorian style interior decoration and advocated rooms based on simple, classical design principles, stressing symmetry, proportion, and balance in the architecture.  The Decoration of Houses was very successful and led to the emergence of professional decorators in a new style.  An earlier edition than is held by the Furniture Library has been digitized by the University of Wisconsin if you would like to examine it for yourself.