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1jbd1
Aug 30, 2011, 9:17am Top

Starting today, let's see how quickly we can catalog ~2200 books from Graham Greene's library!

See the flash-mob wiki page for all the necessary info; use this thread for discussion/problems/&c. Have fun!

2jbd1
Aug 30, 2011, 8:23pm Top

Thanks to all those who've cataloged some today! Still plenty of sections, so if you want to help out, jump in!

3ansate
Aug 30, 2011, 9:27pm Top

for anyone thinking about it : this is a super easy one to do. The entries we're working from are easy to work with, no badly scanned pdfs with too many abbreviations. ;) and Overcat is making it a dream. Put in author, word from title, publisher, year and it's been right there for all 50 I did.

4timspalding
Aug 30, 2011, 10:35pm Top

Most are even accessible by ISBN.

5ansate
Aug 31, 2011, 10:47am Top

brilliant! didn't even think of that. I'm a bit suspicious I'll get the wrong year, but I'll try it.

6jbd1
Aug 31, 2011, 10:48am Top

Yeah, for anything pre-ISBN (early '70s or so) it won't work, but for the later stuff it should work fine.

7GrahamGreene
Edited: Aug 31, 2011, 11:28am Top

Oops.

8anglemark
Aug 31, 2011, 11:29am Top

So, now I'm myself again.

That was fun! Cataloguing, yeah!

9jbd1
Edited: Aug 31, 2011, 11:30am Top

:-)

10melmmo
Aug 31, 2011, 2:05pm Top

I want to help but I don't understand this instruction: 4. If there are comments in the book record under "Local note," adapt them to the LT record ("Signed by Greene" &c.). Look over the previously-added books to get a sense of this.

I found a book that has been added which does have comments under Local note, but could not find anything in the LT record that corresponds.

11jbd1
Aug 31, 2011, 2:08pm Top

Sorry - that just means add what it says there into the Comments field in a way that makes sense (see the catalog for examples).

12melmmo
Aug 31, 2011, 2:20pm Top

Got it. The catalog view was different so I didn't see the comments section. Thanks.

13jbd1
Aug 31, 2011, 2:22pm Top

Yeah, I've set the suggested style to display that now.

14barpurple
Aug 31, 2011, 5:09pm Top

Have there been extra books added? I was trying to do my section 1051 and there's suddenly totaly different books there. Have I done something daft?

15Wabbit98
Aug 31, 2011, 5:11pm Top

Just having trouble logging in with the log in information. Not accepting it for some reason.

16jbd1
Aug 31, 2011, 5:24pm Top

>14 barpurple: Other people may be adding from their sections at the same time ...?

>15 Wabbit98: You mean you're not able to log into the Greene account? Or something different?

Sorry for the short replies; internet's out so I'm typing on the iPhone.

17Trifolia
Edited: Aug 31, 2011, 5:43pm Top

# 14-16 - That would be me but I did entirely different sections, so it shouldn't be a problem. The books show up in the catalogue on LT, of course.
#15 - login is "GrahamGreene" (without the blank between Graham and Greene that is mentioned on the wiki-page). The rest worked fine for me. Have fun!
ETA: I've fixed the login on the wiki. I hope that's OK?

18GrahamGreene
Aug 31, 2011, 7:21pm Top

Someone else has also been doing part of the third group - which I started then stopped last night. #367 has been entered (and I think wrongly - I put in the cased edition, they apparently put in the paperback. Though it's the same ISBN according to Add Books) before I did. I also put in the comments, which are blank on the other person's entry. Someone trying to be helpful...I guess.

19jbd1
Aug 31, 2011, 7:27pm Top

>18 GrahamGreene: - 367 being Slavov, Mr. Lampedusa has vanished?

20GrahamGreene
Edited: Aug 31, 2011, 7:29pm Top

Whoops. Excuse me. I think maybe it was mis-sorted for me...I went through the steps in the wiki and got a completely different book for #367 (and #366 now matches the last one I did). Never mind.

The one I re-entered was Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Almost at the End. I still think my entry is better - but one of them definitely needs to be deleted.

21jbd1
Edited: Aug 31, 2011, 7:38pm Top

Yeah, to all: the URLs to the results may not "stick," so beware of that. Make sure the total results are 2518 at all times, and that you're working in reverse chrono order (if all else fails, check the first authors of your section and the next section so you know you're in the right place). Someday OPACs will have decent permalinks ...

Updated to add that I've reset the URLs again, they seem to be working at the moment but they only seem to last for twelve hours or so.

22GrahamGreene
Aug 31, 2011, 8:06pm Top

Boy, am I glad I stopped last night when I did. The first lot, last night's work, was all easy - ISBNs with an occasional question as to edition. The next bit - what I've just done - I had 3-4 manual entries, including one that doesn't exactly have an author...I put the only person mentioned in the author field as a contributor, since it says "textes de Jean-Luc Chalumeau, et al...". Stopping again - hopefully the next lot will be easy again.

23jbd1
Aug 31, 2011, 8:24pm Top

>22 GrahamGreene: - Heh yeah I found that too, I'd get a good stretch and then suddenly have a slog through four or five, then back to smooth sailing again for a while.

24GrahamGreene
Sep 1, 2011, 2:41am Top

My last one - LT actually had a bug on it. Manual entry of Bernard Shaw & Max Beerbohm at Covent Garden - as I hit Save it occurred to me that it has two authors (contributors), not none. But when I went to edit it, it's not showing up in GG's library. I can get to it from Add Books - aha, I can edit it straight from there. But clicking on the title on Add Books gets me to a work page with one member, Graham Greene, owning the book - and the green & pink plus buttons. It doesn't show up either by searching or by sorting in Your Books either.

I've added the two authors (as contributors). And it has magically appeared in Your Books. I dunno - just time (though the other 49 books all showed up as soon as I entered them, manually or otherwise), or some problem with the missing author (though I entered other books without an author). Something. That may have been the only one manually entered with no author.

25jburlinson
Sep 1, 2011, 8:08pm Top

What an odd thing! I was entering my section of Greene's library and had the privilege to enter The unveiling of Lhasa by Edmund Candler. The local note read: "autograph: Alfred H. Burlinson, 9 Grace Terrace, Sunderland, 1910 ; stamped: Alfred Burlinson"

Alfred Burlinson was my grandfather!

26benjclark
Edited: Sep 1, 2011, 10:34pm Top

The one and same? Crazy!! Go buy a lottery ticket right now.

27anglemark
Sep 2, 2011, 2:43am Top

Ooh, what a wonderful surprise!

28rdurie
Sep 2, 2011, 3:35am Top

So I just started at 1201, Graves which appeared to not have been claimed by anyone else. Unfortunately, the first two books I entered have already been entered but not in the right edition - I have checked the Burns library catalogue and it seems to me there are not duplicate books in greene's library so something is wrong - help!

29jbd1
Sep 2, 2011, 6:44am Top

>28 rdurie:. Gah. Looks like someone added them (incorrectly). I've deleted them; you should be good to go ahead now (after those you should be seeing four Greene titles followed by a Halberstam).

30rdurie
Sep 2, 2011, 7:53am Top

>29 jbd1: thanks, working fine now

31GrahamGreene
Edited: Sep 2, 2011, 2:57pm Top

# 28 - Please be careful because there are duplicate books in Greene's library (though maybe not the ones you mentioned). I came across 3 of them which I checked (e.g. Swami and friends by Narayan). They were different editions though.

32jbd1
Sep 2, 2011, 3:08pm Top

>31 GrahamGreene: - Yeah the two rdurie found were not true duplicates (i.e. different editions). But there sure are quite a few multiples!

33jburlinson
Sep 2, 2011, 6:07pm Top

I'm often intrigued about the duplicates in members' libraries -- not just the legacy libraries. It's one of the many interesting things available on the "statistics/memes" link. Sometimes it's pretty clear cut as to the motive for duplication -- e.g., different translations, different textual versions, editorial apparatus, presence/absence of illustration, etc. But at times it's not so clear. For example, Greene has the 1960 version of Ulysses and also the "corrected" (but infamously so) version of 1986 edited by Hans Walter Gabler. That's easy enough to understand. But why 3 different editions of Henry James's The Sacred Fount? An early reviewer called this book a ""brilliantly stupid piece of work," and even James thought so little of it that he didn't even include it in the famous "New York Edition" of his collected works. Brooding over why this book seemed to have such special appeal to Greene is an absorbing, if futile, pastime.

34staffordcastle
Sep 2, 2011, 6:54pm Top

Maybe people kept giving it to him for Christmas?

35GrahamGreene
Sep 2, 2011, 7:01pm Top

Done and I really enjoyed that, some fascinating books, even one or two I have!

36rdurie
Sep 2, 2011, 11:29pm Top

>35 GrahamGreene: like others before I posted as Mr Greene without thinking! I also found myself adding his books to my own library on one occasion!

37jbd1
Sep 7, 2011, 8:57am Top

All the sections are now claimed. If you've claimed a section and need help finishing, let us know. I've got some other Legacy news to blog this week so it would be good to note the completion of this one when that happens.
Thanks!

38jbd1
Sep 9, 2011, 10:21am Top

I just went through and finished up the claimed sections, and find that we're short ~30 titles. If you marked your section done and weren't actually done, can you please let me know?
Thanks!

39jbd1
Sep 9, 2011, 10:43am Top

Strike that. Found the missing titles.

40jburlinson
Sep 9, 2011, 12:18pm Top

Is it safe?

41jbd1
Sep 9, 2011, 12:20pm Top

Safe? :-)

42jburlinson
Sep 9, 2011, 12:35pm Top

Sorry, that was pretty obscure, wasn't it? I meant is the collection finished? Do you need any help filling gaps?

43jbd1
Sep 9, 2011, 12:37pm Top

Heh. No worries. Nope, I just finished off the last few, so we're all set! Thanks, everyone, for your help! Blog post going up this afternoon for this and some other LLs news.

44timspalding
Sep 9, 2011, 2:19pm Top

Oh, nice. Someone (Jeremy?) finished mine. Well, that was easy! :)

45jbd1
Sep 9, 2011, 2:22pm Top

Yes, finished yours. I figured you had enough to do.

46jburlinson
Oct 1, 2011, 11:54pm Top

Do we need a link from Greene's author page to the legacy library page?

47jbd1
Oct 2, 2011, 7:54am Top

>46 jburlinson: - I wonder where that's gone wandering off to. It used to be there ... checking.

48jbd1
Oct 2, 2011, 8:03am Top

Hmm. Should reappear shortly. At some point somebody had split the Graham Greene author page, so the Legacy badge was on a (non-existent) page. Once they regenerate (I think it's every hour) it should be back.

49benjclark
Feb 19, 2016, 9:30am Top

There's now a "walk through the stacks" in Burns Library where this collection is held. Could add a few cover images...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bc-burnslibrary/sets/72157632648054831/with/843114...

50thomson3
Apr 22, 2017, 4:29am Top

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