Tuesday, April 14, 2009

too many options...Library Thinger makes my head spin..

yep, Tuesday again, so lets see what Wendi at Wendi's Book Corner has to tell us about a Library Thing feature...

This week we are going to take a peek at the styles of Your Library and how you can customize them. To see what I'm talking about, go to Library Thing, and click on the Your Library tab. Just under the tabs, you will find a section that says Styles, A, B, C, D, E, and then a symbol that looks like a pencil. If you click on the pencil, you can edit your styles, or the formatting of the pages that show your books' information....there are 44 different options you can select from!
Questions: Have you explored the different styles? Have you customized any of the styles? If so, what are your favorite customized items (isbn, Dewey Decimal, Reviews, Book-Swap, etc)?

Well, let me just say first of all that I am very glad that Wendi counted the number of options and saved me from having to do it.
OK, actually, most likely, I will still have to go over and count them again, just to be sure. That fact alone might give you an idea of my issue with all these choices. My inability to make choices, my ability to 'waste' endless amounts of time, my fixation to have things a certain way...oh, Library Thing, why do you do this to me?

Yes. I was aware of the styles, but I was not aware that there were quite as many options as there are. Since I joined LT a year or so ago, I have changed the style several time. At the moment, I have settled on style A. I must have covers...and they must be first. I am shallow, I know, but I like the pretty colored covers. From there, I like to keep it simple and not being a librarian type person, things like Dewey are wasted on me. ISBN, useful when you are looking for a book, but if they are in my library, obviously I already found them. Cover, author, title, ratings (which I fool with endlessly) tags, entry date and shared. I sort them by the entry date, the last entered at the top of the list and working down, a hundred books to a page, 12 pages.

But...but there is one more column and I can never decide what to put in it. Reviews? That would be lovely..if I had more of my library reviewed. But until I joined LT, I never reviewed a book, so I have at least 1000 that will most like never get a review written for. That is a lot of blank space in that column then. At the moment I have summary in there, before that I had publication info in there..before that I had subjects, but they tend to be very long, (My Antonia, the first book on my list has 20 subjects) and throw the whole look of the page off. LCCN, OCLC, BCID, LC classification...I have no idea what they are. If anyone knows, feel free to explain them to me please. So, for now, I will stick with something fairly useless that just looks nice.

It all just comes down to keeping track of what I own...and the pretty book covers!

.. and speaking of pretty,as usual, we will end with a picture of the cutest little doggie in the whole wide world, Bandit

"Bandit, get out of the flowers...good Bandit..."


  1. Love the picture of Bandit!

    I use style B...it has the little cover pictures and is very easy to find what I'm looking for.

  2. LT is a time suck! I go there and then realize I am still there hours later...

  3. yep Lenore, I start reading in the groups and then I start fixing titles or adding tag and then pasting some reviews...and yes, hours are gone...lol

    Yvonne, the more I look at the different styles, I am not sure what the differences arer

  4. Every week when you answer the question for Library Thingers, it seems as though you've taken the words out of my head and put them on paper. Thanks

  5. Thank blank space thing is definitely an issue. I really can't run the risk of spending hours of my life filling them in!

  6. I wasn't aware they you could change the style. I think you should let Bandit choose yours for you!

  7. you figured it out kaye...I read your mind.....

    Fleurfisher, if there is blank space. I WILL want to fill it...and i will read less than I do!

    Kathy, you have a point. His blog is much prettier than mine so he has a lot of style.

  8. Hey Caite, did you delete your LT library widget with the never ending pages flipping? I finally removed that widget. I never got to see books, just the loading . . . .loading. Guess it's off to Shelfari or Goodreads for a shelf widget. I'm not even going to begin to mess with this choice.

  9. I'm with you ... I like looking at the covers. I think that is what hooked me on LT in the first place!

    And how you can make a post about LT library options amusing just cracks me up. I hope you don't take the time to count them yourself! LOL

  10. Jenners..I think everything is better with just a bit of humor...and every meal is better with Jello!

  11. Kaye..I had moved it up to the top of the page to see if I like it there but then it did not work too well, so I moved it back to the sidebar and now it seems fine. {{knock on wood..}}

  12. Bandit looks to be having so much fun!

    So - did I count the options right?? :)

    I found that the most important thing on my library page was the covers - I really can't function without them!

    Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week, have you seen the LT Helper Badges? ~ Wendi


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