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TinyCat and personal/tiny libraries

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1WeeTurtle
Jul 11, 4:07am Top

Has anyone here used TinyCat with their library? I'm curious giving it a try for my personal library. Right now I'm just looking at playing with an OPAC and not planning on online checkout for circulation.

I'm wondering how it works with my existing LT library. Does it access the whole thing or could I have it work from a specific collection within my books? For example, a reference collection?

2MarthaJeanne
Jul 11, 4:24am Top

I have it set up, although I don't really use it. You can decide which collections it should access.

3WeeTurtle
Jul 12, 12:12am Top

>2 MarthaJeanne:
Okay, great! That was my main question. I have books on here that are a mix of books that would be in my future "library" and then some that I have for things like reviews.

4lorannen
Jul 12, 5:06pm Top

Expanding on >2 MarthaJeanne: You can also elect to show books from a given collection, but hide that collection label in your TinyCat. For example, I have one collection that is essentially a subset of another. I've elected to show books in both collections, but only show the main collection label.

5WeeTurtle
Jul 13, 1:30am Top

Ah, alright. What I've got now is mostly a personal collection but when I more formally create my library/archive, I expect not everything will make it in. I was wondering if I'd have to actually start removing books that I will likely not include in a long term collection.

6pickupf
Jul 13, 12:53pm Top

I've set up TinyCat, in a minimal way, but use it only for my amusement. I like to watch the random display of my book covers scrolling by on the welcome page. Felicity

7mcar
Edited: Sep 5, 11:40am Top

I have set up my very small church library in TinyCat. I also have my personal collection in LT which I did not want mixed with the church library collection. I made my collection inactive and now church members can only access the church collection. It is also minimal in that users just sign a card in the book and leave the card for me. I do the admin part. Our collection is so small, this works for us right now.

8WeeTurtle
Sep 7, 10:41pm Top

I plan on having the old check out card system as well, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to paste too much into my books. I love them! I suppose it's not much worse than a bookplate.

Has anyone tried the labels? Do you assign the numbers yourself, order the labels, and the cat scanner reads those?

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