What works, what doesn't
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These are just some random thoughts:
- Using Post-its to tag shelves works pretty well, but sometimes the Post-its fall off and then you don't know if the shelf has been done.
- At St. John's we were mostly split up, due to computer issues. At the Audubon Society, we were all at tables. The tables were a lot more fun and I think they were more productive because it was easier to consult with people.
- I don't think you could do a productive flash mob without having at least a few people who are already very comfortable cataloging on LibraryThing. (The learning curve isn't necessarily steep, but it's there.)
- You really have to have at least one person who's comfortable doing manual entries.
- If you have some sort of shelf order (call #s, etc.) it helps to put them as the first tag or at the beginning of the comments section so that you can sort by them.
Just some thoughts on the shelf marking issue.
Post-Its could still work. But instead of the regular ones they make some ones which are a bit more sticky (I think they're marked for use on monitors and other surfaces that are less friendly to post-its sticking to them).
Alternatively you could use something like masking tape (though this may leave a residue) so maybe electrical or insulation tape, this comes in a multitude of colours, so each group of people could have a colour and mark the shelf. (It's also less likely to leave a messy residue that masking tape often does).
Just to add to what tangerinealert has stated. There is a masking tape used by painters that might work nicely.
Good ideas. And I think that even putting the Post-Its on the shelf vertically instead of horizontally might work.
Depending on the material of the shelves, the small stickers that are static cling for windows can work great and leave no residue.
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