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May 30, 2012, 10:06am Top

Our church library has just joined LT and we have entered our first book!!! Does someone know how to alter the screen display for the individual item to show the comments field. We are thinking that we can use that field to enter the primary subject catagory for the book. We are too small to use LC or Dewey so we are simply shelving by primary subject categories.


Edited: Jun 7, 2012, 8:42am Top

On the Your Books tab, there is a toolbar with Styles: ABCD etc. and if you click the icon that looks like a gear-wheel, the choices appear for you to change what each column displays. Each arrow has a drop-down menu and towards the bottom you will see "Comments" as an option to select for that column.

We are also a very small church library, but instead of using Comments for classification, we created several different Collections that are color-coded and which match the colored spine-labels that we affix to our books for shelving purposes. The nice thing is that each collection can be clicked to display all the books in that category, and you can also move them around from one collection to another, for different liturgical seasons, such as Advent, Lent, etc. It's a neat finding tool for users.

Good luck!

Jul 18, 2012, 1:49am Top

Thanks for this thread and comments! I just started this week as the volunteer librarian and our library is too small for DDC or LCC as well; still using card catalog here. I already knew about creating different collections on LT, but had not figured out the styles...instead I'd been listing the collection (shelf location) as the first tag.

Feb 12, 2013, 9:10am Top

I do like the customized toolbar. However, when I look at our books as our patrons would see it(not logged in) the it goes back to the preset screen. Is there a way to set which fields show up for those who veiw the books? Specificly to show the Dewey number. Our library is small but I plan to expand it.

Edited: Feb 12, 2013, 9:57am Top

You can assign a "suggested display style for visitors to your library" on the "edit view styles" page.

Then there will be a message at the top of the catalog:
.... has a suggested style for viewing this library (use it)

Feb 19, 2013, 11:56am Top

Is there a way to make the "suggested display style for visitors" come up automatically by default without having to click on "use it"?

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