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Jun 11, 2010, 12:29am Top

I mentioned on this thread (http://www.librarything.com/topic/92646#2018655) that I'm re-cataloging my library. Among various site features it makes me want to improve, I want a non-site feature—some way to mark books that I've cataloged.

So I'm thinking we need a tiny LibraryThing stamp, like libraries often use to mark a book.

1. What would it say. I'm thinking "Cataloged on LibraryThing" in a circle, with an LT in the middle.
2. Anyone know how to make them/get them?

Jun 11, 2010, 1:12am Top

Only if it was 'catalogued' ...

I'd feel compelled to buy one but I'm not sure if I could bring myself to stamp my books, nonetheless. That would pain me. I'd probably have to stamp some kind of insertable book mark pile.

Jun 11, 2010, 1:14am Top

You could stamp the back of your hand and try to go clubbing with it.

Jun 11, 2010, 1:20am Top

I could randomly stamp people in the street who look like they don't have an account. This stamp thing has potential!

Jun 11, 2010, 1:21am Top

Something like these:


I'd rather a nice wooden one, though, even if it were less effective. That way people could choose their own ink color.

Jun 11, 2010, 1:35am Top

I love them - you can get violet ink!

I think you should definitely do it. I'd probably stamp my paperbacks actually ... I may become stamp crazed. I could stamp the cat, the toddler ... possibilities are endless.

Jun 11, 2010, 1:48am Top

If you don't mind my spinning off a tangent...

How about LibraryThing bookplates? ...with some play on Ex Libris?

Ex Libris Res?

Jun 11, 2010, 1:50am Top

I like them.

I have thousands of more books to catalog, but I'm wondering whether my not wanting to recatalog those I have already done makes it too late for real use.

Stamp pads anymore are an aficionado's game, like fountain pens but cheaper.


Jun 11, 2010, 1:56am Top

Would people rather have:

1. Generic "Cataloged on LibraryThing" in circle (eg., http://www.flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibraries/3365364834/)
2. Generic "Cataloged on LibraryThing" with LT in center
3. "LibraryThing Member USERNAME" with LT in center

Many stamp images here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?s=int&w=all&q=%22library+stamp%22&m=te...

Jun 11, 2010, 2:06am Top

If it's US spelling, I'd have to go for 3 because I couldn't stamp all my books with 'cataloged'. If I'm obsessive enough to want to stamp, it follows that I couldn't live with US spelling variants inside my books. If we could get a UK option, I'd go with 2 because I like the LT in the middle. Also, some members (not me) might not want their username stamped in a book they might pass on to other people.

For the record, I am obsessed with fountain pens & I hoard specialist ink (particularly the French-made stuff where the bottles have a little indentation for your pen to rest on *le sigh*).

Jun 11, 2010, 2:06am Top

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Jun 11, 2010, 2:15am Top

I hadn't thought of a stamp, but when I first started cataloguing my books I marked them all with a small stick on dot, the type sometimes used for marking maps. Now my 4yo daughter knows that when a new book comes into the house, it gets typed into the 'puter and has a sticker put on it. :)

Jun 11, 2010, 2:17am Top

2 -- either US or UK spelling

Jun 11, 2010, 2:24am Top

I use stick-on dots, but inside, so they don't get knocked off (which really bothers my son). I like the idea of a stamp I could use outside. But only with Catalogued, of course.

Jun 11, 2010, 2:26am Top

How about LT in the middle, LibraryThing around the top and MEMBERNAME around the bottom? That would also work for the other languages.

Jun 11, 2010, 2:31am Top

#16: Except in my case, each letter of my username would have to be in a different color/colour ink.

Jun 11, 2010, 2:33am Top

#15, Sorry, I should have said that the dots go on the inside; top right corner of the ffep.

Jun 11, 2010, 2:34am Top

Reading in the other topic I realized that this is what I need to finally start recataloguing at least the first K of books I did when I first joined.

Jun 11, 2010, 2:35am Top

18> To me, also that's the natural place for it, but Steven wants to see whether it's catalogued without opening the book, and I see that point of view, too.

Edited: Jun 11, 2010, 2:53am Top

I'd love one, any style (but has to be catalogued, as klarasu said). But what about all the other languages? Maybe the language-independent option is best.

Edited to add:
Mind you, a bookplate would be wonderful!

Jun 11, 2010, 3:30am Top

I second or third the Bookplate and the rubber stamp.
But a small discrete tiny stamp, say, just a LT logo.
Why not add these to your store?
I am not interested in T-Shirts but might buy a stamp and bookplates
and a keyring and a LT LavaLamp and ...

Jun 11, 2010, 3:41am Top

A lava lamp with tiny floating books in it? I'd buy that. I'd buy an LT duvet cover, curtains, wallpaper...

Jun 11, 2010, 4:05am Top

How come nobody buys, or at least, admits to buying, the LibraryThing Thong?

Jun 11, 2010, 4:09am Top

When I travelled to Korea, we had lovely stamps made up with our names (in Korean characters) they were approximately the size and shape of a tube of lipstick and were available with wood or stone handles. They feel nicer then the little wood blocks at the craft stores.

Cool idea.

Could we also get an ER version with the little bird on it?

Jun 11, 2010, 5:57am Top

and the OverCat cat!

Jun 11, 2010, 6:45am Top

And the inflatable cammo rhinos, and the stuffed bobcat, and the Hugotontheonbiquiffinarians squirrel agents*.

Going to be a big stamp!

*Pretend I didn't say that. It's super top secret.

Jun 11, 2010, 7:22am Top

I need to know which of my books are cataloged also... with nearly 1100 books cataloged (and some that aren't) it's hard to know when I've got an uncataloged book in my hands.

Love your first stamp idea, and even though I'm 100% American (well okay, of European derivitive ancestry) I'd take that UK spelling idea too.

The alternate idea of just the LT logo on a stamp is alright by me as well... with perhaps a small line underneath that we could date by hand to document the date cataloged

For the stamp - why not go with the new "clear stamp" type of acrylic stamps? Shipping would be cheaper because you don't permanently mount the clear stamps. The stamp owner uses them with an acrylic block.



Except, of course, I have no idea where you could get the clear stamps made

LT book plates? Hmmmmmmm... dunno if I'd actually be able to bring myself to use them or not, but I'd like to have some...

and yes, do add the items in the LT store at reasonable prices... I'd bet lots of members will buy them.

Jun 11, 2010, 7:35am Top

I just scent-mark (think tomcat) the ones I've entered on LT. When in doubt, I take a whiff and sure 'nuff, I can tell if it's been cataloged.

OK, I understand the stamper but the bookplate request puzzles me. Aren't they to show ownership with a herald or logo to personalize one's books? LT doesn't own my books. I do. To me, a LT bookplate is akin to buying a book from Barnes and Noble and then slapping (neatly) a B&N bookplate in there. It's my book now, not theirs.

Jun 11, 2010, 7:44am Top

Following on this idea, those of us with some graphic arts ability could create a usable facsimilie on our computer which we would then print on sticky labels of some type. I might be able to work up something this weekend. Oh... the ER Bird... could I have permission to use the critter? For the enthusiasts... bookplates will be included in my offering...

20. > Yes, dots on the outside would tend to fall off... but, at least on books with dust jackets, perhaps dot on the outside of the dust jacket spine, then entire dust jacket covered with a protective cover such as these:

Jun 11, 2010, 7:46am Top

I'd like a mid-sized-ish stamp that says:

"Catalogued on LibraryThing
and Protected from Pilferage and Vandalism
by Librarian Demons"

In a little circle. With British / American "ogued" alternatives. I would buy both just to be a bit waggish. Jane Austen would get "oged". Mark Twain would of course be "ogued".

The design should be available (CC) licensed for those of who would like to make our own stamps out of purely renewable and wholly recyclable and entirely wholesome stamp ingredients made from non-hardwood etc. etc. blah blah blah.

Jun 11, 2010, 7:49am Top

29. Some people just like to show off their enthusiasm for LT.

On a book plate, I'd do this:

LibraryThing Member since:


(Your real name goes here)
(address too, if you loan your books)

Librarything Membername (and perhaps a representation of the LT logo)

Jun 11, 2010, 8:18am Top

I didn't see this option mentioned yet, but I'd just like a tiny (maybe 1cm square) stamp of the L in a box that's used for staff posts in Talk. It's small but distinct and would be able to be stamped on the edge of pages of thinner books. When I think of stamping my books to track their catalogued status, for some reason it's the edge of the pages that comes to mind. But I think I have a horror of putting anything on the cover or interior.

A tiny transparent sticker with the could also be nice if it were the kind that sticks well but can be removed easily from less glossy covers/dustjackets when I'm ready to send the book to its next home. The stickers could be done in black or white ink, so they're visible on light or dark backgrounds.

Jun 11, 2010, 8:26am Top

I don't think I could bring myself to put a sticker on my books. And it'd definitely have to have catalogued spelt correctly if I did.

What I'd *really* like is an "audit mode" on the addbooks page, which lets me scan books with my cuecat and checks my library to see if they've already been entered. If they *haven't* been entered, then it lets me know and goes on to search for them. (obviously in audit mode it's impossible for me to add a duplicate - I'm ok with that.)

Jun 11, 2010, 8:26am Top

Of the options in post #9, I like the second one best.

Owning a stamp would probably send me into a re-cataloging frenzy, checking each book for correct data, entering CK, tagging, scanning in the cover if it needs a non-Amazon one, and then the book gets a stamp!

Jun 11, 2010, 8:39am Top

If it's US spelling, I'd have to go for 3 because I couldn't stamp all my books with 'cataloged'

Even in the U.S., I use "catalogued". The variant spelling looks as though it should be pronounced with a soft "g", and drives me nuts.

But with either spelling, I don't think I'd use this, just because I don't like to mark up my books.

Jun 11, 2010, 9:13am Top

I have an embosser for my library and it has changeable plates, and I would totally buy an LT plate.

I also like the "L" sticker idea (message 34). Or maybe a green checkmark?

Edited: Jun 11, 2010, 9:43am Top

35: Yes! *starts separate RSI thread for audit mode*

Edit: http://www.librarything.com/topic/92774

Jun 11, 2010, 10:08am Top

31, 33: dragones - I'd love your suggestion (provided Tim has no issues with copyright, of course).

34: keri - that sounds useful too!

Actually, if I didn't have a bookplate, I would like an LT sticker to put in the books I give away on bookmooch. Another idea: Bookcrossing do a sticker that's a post-it note, which would probably be acceptable to felius and others, being removable.

Jun 11, 2010, 10:29am Top

If the sticker wins out, I'd like to be small enough to fit on most spines.

Jun 11, 2010, 10:30am Top

Have to admit, when I saw the thread topic my first thought was, "well, the US postal system *does* make custom stamps now. . . "

I have great psychological difficulty even writing my initials in a cm-square space, so don't know if I'd use a stamp, but I like the idea.

Jun 11, 2010, 11:03am Top

40.> sarahemmm "...(provided Tim has no issues with copyright, of course)"

Of course. That's why I asked for permission. :) Darn, I should have asked permission to use the member giveaway logo too. Those two squirrels are kinda neat.

Anyhow, if permission is obtained, I'd only make the results of my experiments available on LibraryThing. :)

41.> tcgardner "If the sticker wins out, I'd like to be small enough to fit on most spines."

and what size would that be?

Jun 11, 2010, 11:18am Top

43> and what size would that be?

Probably .5cm would be the biggest, though it'd be too big for most paperback picture books. But it's also as small as I would go without sacrificing easy identification (I was thinking 1cm might be a bit small, but then I pulled out my ruler and realized that I forgot I use .5cm for my mental measurements of "one unit" - so revise my earlier post about a 1cm square to .5cm square - I have a lot of thin children's and YA paperbacks that would get a sticker on the spine or stamp on the edge of the pages)

Jun 11, 2010, 11:41am Top

43> keristars (post 44) has it about right. Looking at my library I'd say .5 inches would be fine. .5cm is smaller and would fit more spines.

Jun 11, 2010, 3:54pm Top

I just whipped this up on http://www.says-it.com/seal/
(a fun place to waste time)


Jun 11, 2010, 4:28pm Top

44, 45 > Thanks.

Jun 11, 2010, 5:21pm Top

I think Tim's stamp idea is excellent. I'd really like to see it as minimalist as possible though, a small circle spelling Library Thing with the middle blank so the user can pen in any details they might choose, such as date, member id, tags, etc. I'd definitely use it.

I also think SilentInAWay's idea of bookplates is great also. I'd want a set, but I don't think I'd prefer them since I donate a lot of my read books.

And I really like tcgardner's idea of foil embossed labels, as long as they had removeable and not permanent adhesive. It would be great to have them in the color scheme( yeah I had to go there)
that finally gets decided upon. I would use them as well.

And I'd buy extra of all because I'd be like klarusu, stamping and stickering the masses :)

Jun 11, 2010, 5:42pm Top

I think the minimal is a small one—5/8" seems to be the small size.

Customized version

Top arch: Cataloged by
Middle: LT in LT font
Bottom arch: username or name

Uncustomized version

Top arch: Cataloged at
Bottom arch: LibraryThing.com

Edited: Jun 11, 2010, 9:48pm Top

48.> The smaller the circle, the less space available to pen in details, however, I like Tim's uncustomized version because it does provide that open space in the center

49.> All well and good but what about the spelling variant for our UK and other users who prefer catalogued?

LT font? Which font is that?

Yes I like the customized version too... I really can't decide between them, so if price was reasonable, I might buy both.

Jun 11, 2010, 6:50pm Top

Thanks Brightcopy.

Jun 11, 2010, 7:07pm Top

34 & 44 keristars

I'd use those little (removable) stickers. Very neat idea.

Jun 11, 2010, 8:04pm Top

klarusu @#2 "I'd feel compelled to buy one but I'm not sure if I could bring myself to stamp my books, nonetheless. That would pain me."

what about black-light ink? that's what i'd want. i have a little black-light pen that i use now (like they use in art galleries to mark paintings that need restoration). that way, you could stamp the spine of the books, but you'd only see it when you shine a little black-light on it! all TOP SECRET like!

Jun 11, 2010, 8:06pm Top

I'd totally buy either, but I'm with the UK (and other) folk who want it spelled "catalogued", please.

Jun 11, 2010, 9:07pm Top

catalogued, please.

Jun 11, 2010, 9:29pm Top

49: I'd love either of those.

WANT. I would definitely buy a LT stamp!

I agree with everyone who's said it should be "catalogued", though.

Jun 11, 2010, 10:13pm Top

I think it's clearly going to be "catalogued." It's not wrong in American English—just not the most common. And the "I will kill you if you use the other one" quotient is highest.

Jun 11, 2010, 11:00pm Top

A stamp! Oh, please a stamp. I keep going over my shelves and swearing I've added all the books on those shelves, yet the stray will creep onto them, and then I don't know which is what.

I don't care how you spell it, or really what it says, as long as LT is there. I would prefer a stamp which feels good to the hand, either wood or stone and one which I could choose my own ink for, I would choose metallic gold ink.

Please can we have a stamp by Christmas? :)

Jun 11, 2010, 11:39pm Top

Metallic gold (and silver) inks typically work best in dip pens. They clog fountain pens and don't adhere or absorb well in stamp pads.

Do you know of one that would work?


Jun 12, 2010, 12:47am Top

Haven't tried them myself, but the shops are full of metallic gold stamp pads! Saw some this evening at JoAnn's. (Major fabric/craft store chain in my area.)

Jun 12, 2010, 2:17am Top

Okay. They're new to me, and I will keep my eyes open for them.



Jun 12, 2010, 7:30am Top

Yep, I have a metallic gold stamp pad. Works fine. There is a whole home-sales stamp-craft movement out there, but I can't think of the name of it at the moment. Michael's craft store is full of stamping supplies too. They also have rainbow ink pads for the member who mentioned that they want each letter in a different color. :)

Jun 12, 2010, 8:57am Top

rainbow ink pad.

it is now on the shopping list.

Thanks, MrsLee!!

Jun 12, 2010, 10:57am Top

Tim, I think you'll have a 'nice little earner' with these! Yes, really - all of them! I want little stickers, big stickers, post-its, stamps*, bookplates - the whole kit and kaboodle. Then, if I bookmooch a book out, it will spread the word; if I lend a book, I might get it back. And I will know which books have escaped the mighty cuecat!

* I admit it. I like writing in books. I like getting books that have been written in. Names and dedications, comments on the text, corrections... It makes them more personal, more interesting, more informative, more everything. (And that's why I have a problem with ereaders.)

Jun 12, 2010, 12:39pm Top

65: Totally agree. I love getting "pre-loved" books, as some call them. Notes, names, corrections... Makes me feel more connected to the book, like the book has a history that I get to discover.

Anyways. Yes. I think I'd buy stamps, stickers, bookplates.... pretty much anything that could go in the book. LT WIN!

Jun 12, 2010, 2:05pm Top

>63 MrsLee:
There is a whole home-sales stamp-craft movement out there, but I can't think of the name of it at the moment.

MrsLee, perhaps you're thinking of scrapbooking? It's become quite huge in recent years, quite an industry.

Edited: Jun 12, 2010, 3:12pm Top

Jun 12, 2010, 2:41pm Top

Decorative Rubber Stamping?

A friend of mine is the art director for Stampendous. They even have a facebook page for one of their characters--Changito the Monkey

Looking at their web site, I couldn't help imagining rubber stamps for the LibraryThing menagerie -- the Over Cat, the Early Bird, the Power Pony etc.

Jun 12, 2010, 3:11pm Top

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Jun 12, 2010, 4:48pm Top

Love #32's suggested for wording.
And I am a fool for bookplates, so add my {Yes Please Excited Puppy Dance} to that particular chorus.
Or … how about a bookplate stamp?

Edited: Jun 12, 2010, 5:03pm Top

I'd love a fairly small stamp that indicates that a book is catalogued on LT, and I'd like a bookplate that I could put inside books that I don't want to mark permanently.

I have a lot of second-hand books and I really like to get ones with gift inscriptions of prize labels, although I have noticed that many of the prizes look lightly read if read at all.

Jun 12, 2010, 6:57pm Top

#68 - That's the one I was thinking of, but as seen further on, there are more than one.

Edited: Jun 12, 2010, 8:32pm Top

Definitely catalogued.

I am very particular about keeping my books clean and unmarked, but I love finding used books with bookplates, stamps, handwritten notations, ephemera, etc. I usually note these in comments. I would consider using a stamp and/or bookplates, depending on the design.

For the stamp I think I would prefer a simple LibraryThing “L”, or something like the ones linked in #14. On that flickr page linked in #9, the one that really caught my eye was the old fashioned embossed stamp. I have wanted one of those forever!

There are quite a few sources for custom bookplates.
Bookplate INK appears to have the largest selection.
The black cat on stack of books may be my favorite, (Tim, you can get over that aversion to cats).
This one has room for “Catalogued on LibraryThing” to replace the existing text.

These classic designs are also appealing:

Here’s one for Green Dragon:

Bookplates.com also has a number of classic designs.

My Own Labels has a smaller but colorful collection. The Daring Knights might be suitable for Pro and Con (sorry, can't get the link to work).

Chicago Writer also has a small selection.

The Stationery Studio offers a more modern look (nothing there that I would want to put in my books, but YMMV).

Edited to fix a link.

Edited: Jun 12, 2010, 8:35pm Top

74: I agree 100% regarding the embossed seal. I am VERY hesitant to stamp books with ink but I would love to emboss. I think that would look very classy.

The cost is probably 2-3 times as much though.

Here is a link to some library seals:

There is also a drop down menu so you can change it from "From the Library of" to "Ex Libris" or even your own text, such as "LibraryThing"

Jun 12, 2010, 8:38pm Top

>75 awriterspen:

Depending on the size of your personal library, an embossed seal could cost considerably less than bookplates or stamps.

Jun 13, 2010, 2:59am Top

Interesting links, oregon. Of course all stamps/stickers/labels will have to have a pretty general design* - we range from obsessive antiquarians through science fiction fans to romance readers, from cat-lovers to ailurophobics, from... well, you get the picture. Really, what we have in common is books, pure and simple.

*If any, of course - probably a logo and a border would be plenty.

Jun 13, 2010, 3:18am Top

I think people are using two different definitions of 'stamp'.

1 A pattern cut out of rubber, wood, ... used to print a small motif.

2 A small sticker, usually of gummed paper with perforated edges.

Most people seem to mean the first, but a few messages make more sense if the second meaning is assumed.

Jun 13, 2010, 4:15pm Top

I wonder why no one has suggested using
"Catalogued by" on British English books and
"Cataloged by" on the American English ones :-)

Also the whole thread made me think of the Gary Larson cartoon with a cow looking worried at a cowboy who is sitting by the fire heating a very large branding iron with the text "This cow belongs to Deryl Jones so keep your hands off".

Jun 15, 2010, 1:30pm Top

I write LT in pencil on the top of my books across the pages near the spine, but I think the idea of a stamp is cool.

Jun 18, 2010, 12:58am Top

>#78: I thought that we were placing the books on the ground and stepping on them in a forceful manner.

Jun 18, 2010, 4:17am Top


Jun 18, 2010, 4:22am Top

I was hoping for a tiny little picture of the Queen to stick on all my books. I won't settle for anything less.

Jun 18, 2010, 4:49am Top

Jun 18, 2010, 4:49am Top

*recovers slightly*

Then you'd have to lick the back side of the Queen.

*faints again, but to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance March #1, Land of Hope and Glory, by Elgar (lyrics by Benson)*

Jun 18, 2010, 5:54am Top

Oh dear. I'm so glad Royal Mail introduced self-adhesive stamps.

Jun 18, 2010, 6:22am Top

'Royal Male'? See #84. I'm sure he would have fought the introduction of self-adhesive stamps to the bitter end.

Sorry, what were we talking about?

Jun 18, 2010, 7:25am Top

>76 oregonobsessionz:
But only if you can get the fish.

>84 MrAndrew:,87
I think a nice tasteful line-drawing would work better for a bookplate - maybe Tom of Finland?

Jun 21, 2010, 10:41am Top

Tim of Funland?

Jun 24, 2010, 4:51pm Top

“Stop us if we’re getting too silly.”

Jun 24, 2010, 5:56pm Top

90: Why not join the silliness instead?

Jun 29, 2010, 4:10pm Top

90: Why not join the silliness instead?

With pleasure!


Jul 7, 2010, 2:55pm Top

I would totally buy such a stamp, if indeed it were small and spelled catalogued correctly. :) Particularly if it had a lovely wood handle. I especially like the customization Tim suggested waaaay upthread, where you could get a name/username at the bottom.

Jul 18, 2010, 5:28am Top

Mmmmm, an embossing plate...! What about the sizes though? Metric embossers available outside the US might have other sizes than American ones (although the first one I found in a German online shop was called Justrite and had a size of 51 mm or 2 inches, so very probably a US product).

Jul 18, 2010, 8:26am Top

I've thought about doing this with a sticker or a stamp but then I realized that, at least for me, this just introduces another step that I can screw up!

To illustrate, right now I have four possibilities:
In Library AND Catalogued (CORRECT)
In Library AND Uncatalogued (WRONG)
Not In Library AND Catalogued (WRONG/MIA)
Not In Library AND Uncatalogued (CORRECT)

Now I'm gonna add another step, Stamped/Unstamped? And what about Library Books - they're not gonna appreciate my little "L" stamp I tell ya... ;-)

Jul 19, 2010, 6:30am Top

You need a stamp that says "Unstamped"?

How perverse. I'll take two.

Jul 19, 2010, 7:00am Top

mmm the peelable sticker for the spine is what appeals to me most

Jul 19, 2010, 7:30am Top

You could get the stamp, and peelable stickers that say "unstamped".

Jul 19, 2010, 7:48am Top

and another stamp that says "unstickered".

and one that says "restamped".

Jul 19, 2010, 9:48am Top

I'm thinking of a specially coded stamp, an RFID let us say, that will lead me to the location of the book. Or count all the books. Or let me know if the inventory list I printed out for that box there really did omit the five books tagged as "verify location" that were catalogued the same day as the other books in that box. Or if not, where the hell are they.

Maybe a clapper. Coded clap leads to beeping book. I'd like that.

Jul 19, 2010, 10:20am Top

Can I get a sticker for my e-books?

Jul 20, 2010, 3:26pm Top

>#101 I need one as well. :)

Jul 20, 2010, 3:40pm Top

#101 & 102:

This is the closest you can get right now:


Jul 20, 2010, 3:46pm Top

Wouldn't work unless we can change that to "What's on your Seagate External Hard Drive?" :)

Jul 21, 2010, 3:36am Top

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Jan 4, 2011, 4:06pm Top

Bumping this thread back toward the top. Tim's asked me to try and actually make this happen, so we need to find a possible supplier for a small, round, wood-handled stamp. If anybody has one they've used and like, I'd love to know of it. I'll be touching base with the library stamp vendors (those that are still around, anyway) at ALA Midwinter this weekend, but if any of you know of good source for things like this, please let me know.

There are oodles of websites that will give us cheap plastic stamps, but I haven't had much luck finding nice ones (yet). Any input appreciated!

Jan 4, 2011, 5:30pm Top

Check with scrapbooking supply vendors too.

Jan 4, 2011, 6:26pm Top

OOOOOOOo I love this idea! :)

Jan 4, 2011, 7:05pm Top

I did go ahead and had a cheap plastic one made:

It is not pretty, but it works :)

Jan 4, 2011, 8:30pm Top

Nice. I really really want a little wooden one, though--a circle, resembling classic library ones.

Jan 4, 2011, 8:47pm Top

I have no idea about stamp-related things, but I was fairly surprised when I did a quick internet search for "personalized wodden stamps". My *goodness*, the ones I found were all pretty dang expensive!! The cheapest I could find was like $10 each.

Anotherwords, I admire you guys for trying!!

Jan 4, 2011, 10:54pm Top

I was just playing in Google and found this, which I would certainly buy with a handle. However, I have no idea about the company and such. It looks as though prices range from $3 up, with a 1 inch square stamp about $6. Free shipping with orders over $20.


Don't know about others, but would probably part with $10 - $15 for a nice wooden stamp with a lovely LT logo or design. Thank you for pursuing this.

Jan 5, 2011, 2:34am Top

I'll be touching base with the library stamp vendors (those that are still around, anyway) at ALA Midwinter this weekend, but if any of you know of good source for things like this, please let me know.

Ok, I know this sounds silly, but I'd suggest going to your local office supply store and talking to them. I work at Office Depot in the copy center, and our vendor can definitely produce small round wooden stamps, even if they aren't on our website or in our stamp book. It would be a quoted item, but for the quantity that you'd consider getting, you'd want them to quote it anyway. If you wanted to purchase 50 stamps, rather than 5, let's say, I'd get a quote anyway, to see if I can get a better price to make sure you do business with us, and not with Staples, Office Max or Kinko's. Although, I'm pretty sure we all use the same vendor.

Assuming you don't want to get them all at once, or you want to be able to get them personalized, but still get a quantity discount if there is one, consider talking to a sales rep from one of the companies. When there's something that we can't get the vendor to do, or they can do it but it's exorbitantly expensive, we go through them, and they try to find it elsewhere. We, or the sales rep, does all the hard investigative work for you.

And even if you don't end up using one of the office supply stores to get such a stamp, going in and talking to someone behind the counter at one of them could give you a lot more information than you have right now. For instance, while Tim likes the 5/8" size, unless you use really really tiny font, your words will likely look weird on the stamp. I tried "Catalogued by" in 8pt font on one of the plastic stamps that you can customize online (8 pt is the smallest there) and the letters squish together too much in the arc part, in my opinion, especially the 'gu' bit. That's not to say you can't do it, just that if you want a 5/8" stamp, you'll probably want to go with a 5 or 6 point font.

Jan 5, 2011, 8:48am Top

Good call, bestem - I will certainly do that as well! And I appreciate your thoughts on the size/font, too; definitely good to know.

Jan 5, 2011, 7:58pm Top

114:> In this thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/104956

Post number 7 shows the ExLibris stamp one member owns that's only about 1 inch in diameter. Something similar (size-wise) would be a good option for the catalogued at LT stamp. I especially like the wreath-style border on her stamp.

Jan 6, 2011, 1:29am Top

Post number 7 shows the ExLibris stamp one member owns that's only about 1 inch in diameter. Something similar (size-wise) would be a good option for the catalogued at LT stamp

The benefit to the 5/8" diameter stamp would be that it is smaller, and much less obtrusive. The difference between the two stamp sizes, when you actually stamp something, especially something the size of a paperback book page, is really interesting to see. You wouldn't think the 1" would be so much bigger, but side by side, even on a letter size piece of paper, it just looks huge. I think, although I could be wrong, that they're looking for something that's fairly unobtrusive. Something to mark the book without detracting from what's already there, in the book.

The benefit to something closer to that 1" size though, is room. You can get a lot more letters on a larger stamp, especially when you consider how they squish towards the center, when going around in a circle. I don't know what the average length of username is here on the site, but even with the small fonts, there are bound to be some usernames that would be too large for a 5/8" stamp. I'm not even sure that "Catalogued at" on the top, and "LibraryThing.com" on the bottom, in a 5 or 6 point font would fit on a 5/8" stamp. It definitely won't with 8pt fonts.

Jan 6, 2011, 4:25am Top

IMO, smaller isn't always better. With my poor vision, a 5/8 inch stamp would be nothing much more than a blur, and very well might resemble the smudge one could get from a dirty finger. As you say, one might not even be able to fit the "Catalogued at" on the top, and "LibraryThing.com" on the bottom, much less the member's name. I would not buy that small size unless it were only the L with nothing else.

If it were me, I'd be stamping the front fly-leaf, and perhaps the back as well, for good measure, which are both often blank to begin with, so not much to detract from... I don't need a personalized version like that seen in message 109 above, but I would definitely buy a "Catalogued at LibraryThing.com" circular stamp with the L in the middle, or even a blank middle where I could put my purchased date or personal inventory number. And, thinking a bit more on this, it would probably be the latter, since I've not kept purchase records for much of my library but could easily assign an inventory number to each book.

No doubt, I could have a stamp made to my own specifications, but would rather purchase from LT to show Tim my support.

Edited: Jan 6, 2011, 4:30am Top

Edited because my computer is having fits this morning...

Jan 6, 2011, 4:39am Top

Just an idea off the top of my head, trust me it is really original.
Why not have a WHOLE range of stamps etc.

Jan 6, 2011, 4:43am Top

119:> Brilliant idea, Guido.

Actually, too many choices could be too expensive for LT's budget, but maybe 3 to 5 different ones would be do-able.

Edited: Jan 6, 2011, 5:23am Top

Thank you for noticing my "brilliance", 1dragones,
unfortunately NO ONE else has... nor am I that sure of it myself...

But with "just in time" manufacturing, and contractors and if one was prepared to wait a little... I can imagine that almost all permutations might be possible.

Of course, the only question would be $$$'s

ETA. money.

Jan 6, 2011, 11:17am Top

I'd love a simple one, like http://www.flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibraries/3365364834/

5/8 - Around circle: Catalogued on * LibraryThing

We could add frills, like an LT in the middle, or allow people to write "LibraryThing * timspalding" or whatever. But I'm thinking simple is best for an initial run of these.

Jan 6, 2011, 7:15pm Top

122> I like that one... and blank in the middle would be not only less expensive, but also perfect. The middle area would be available for people to write whatever they want. Still, I'd like to see two sizes offered. 5/8 inch for the minimalist, and 1 inch for those who want a bit more space. I would not likely buy the 5/8 inch, but would definitely buy the 1 inch.

Jan 6, 2011, 7:49pm Top

Fair enough!

Jan 7, 2011, 12:46am Top

What happened to the one that said "Hooray For Captain Spalding"?

Jan 19, 2011, 2:17pm Top

Some working ideas. I mussed them up to resemble what they'd look like on paper.

Edited: Jan 19, 2011, 2:41pm Top

Jan 19, 2011, 3:22pm Top

Hmm well, these are all very nice, but I think I like the third option (blank center) but also unpersonalized. For those who haven't had enough coffee yet, ... I mean something like the far left version with no LT in the center.

Jan 19, 2011, 4:11pm Top

I like the left one as is; the logistics of personalization seem not worth the effort. Very few people will buy more than one, which makes almost every stamp unique, raising the price.

Jan 19, 2011, 4:42pm Top

Nods if you did all of them the matrix should be completed. with a no name/ no centre version.
I wonder how many folks would misspell their name. an what you would have done if your name was Wrigglesworth.

Jan 19, 2011, 4:43pm Top

i think i would like the middle one the most if it was blank where it currently says "Spalding." that way you wouldn't have the added cost of personalization, but you could still put your name there IF you wanted. or you could put the date, or whatever else you wanted.

Jan 19, 2011, 4:48pm Top

doubt there woukd be enough room for anything hand written to replace the word Spalding.

Jan 19, 2011, 4:57pm Top

Wait, you guys are thinking you could personalize it? No, they all get "Spalding" on them! ;)

Jan 19, 2011, 5:01pm Top

*giggle* Love it.

Jan 19, 2011, 5:05pm Top

I want mine to say Spadling.

Jan 19, 2011, 5:56pm Top


Jan 19, 2011, 5:58pm Top

Oh yeah, Tim, I thought we'd settled on "catalogued" instead of "cataloged," right?

Jan 19, 2011, 7:07pm Top

>137 jbd1:
Ugh. Really?

Jan 19, 2011, 7:08pm Top

haha well that seemed to be the option that brought about fewer ughs, but now you've ugh'd! :-)

Jan 19, 2011, 7:11pm Top


There, does that cancel out now?

Edited: Jan 19, 2011, 8:22pm Top

I would buy any of the three, but prefer the middle one, if it is my last name, and not Tim's. :) I would love the idea of a personalized stamp and wouldn't mind paying some extra to have one.

ETA: I don't have a preference as to how "cataloged/catalogued is spelled. I'm always switching off my spelling between American English and the other one anyway, but if nine letters instead of ten means I have room for my name, that's what I want.

Jan 19, 2011, 8:24pm Top

Really, I think the best thing is to offer it with "catalogued" spelled both ways! Two versions wouldn't be that much more trouble than one.

Jan 19, 2011, 10:21pm Top

I like the LT logo in the middle. Without the logo, it's just any old stamp.

It doesn't matter to me whether or not it's personalized. I would buy it either way.

Catalogued! Catalogued! Catalogued!

Jan 19, 2011, 10:44pm Top

There is orthographic motivation for the 'u' in this case. It keeps the 'g' hard.


Jan 19, 2011, 11:09pm Top

How about a version with a double "g" for those who reject both spellings.

Jan 19, 2011, 11:17pm Top

That'd work. Does it look right? catalogged


Edited: Jan 19, 2011, 11:34pm Top

In terms of where you could have them made - I did a quick search for sites talking about where people involved in letterboxing or geocaching get their stamps made (although most seem to be handmade).

This site was one of the ones that came up:

Smallest stamps I am seeing are 1/2 inch (but, of course, I imagine the image can be smaller).




I used VistaPrint for a self inking stamp for marking coin rolls in my coin collection - had no issues but I agree that a traditional wooden stamp would be preferable to me for the LT purpose.

My preference would be for smaller and inobtrusive - a small circle with "LT" inside or a small box with just the L like the staff symbol in chat.

I would probably just mark books that I am going to keep forever. I could see a small embossed design being used the same way.

I would like a sturdy bookmark / business card like BookMooch has to put in the Library Books / borrowed books or listed on BookMooch books that I would use in the same way. If it has the card/bookmark and is in the house then it is catalogued. When it goes to it's next location it now contains a professional looking LT advert.

ETA: more links...

Jan 19, 2011, 11:46pm Top

147.> "I would like a sturdy bookmark / business card like BookMooch has..."

VistaPrint does a wonderful job on these - well, at least the business cards. I've seen impressive examples of those from several different vendors with whom I've done business in the past. The thing I don't know is if they use acid-free cardstock/inks, etc. If not, I wouldn't want to leave such an item in my valued books such as Folio Society or Easton Press, or, for that matter, in any book I'd keep in my permanent collection. I can see myself purchasing a small quantity of such cards or bookmarks (prefer the latter, really) to include with books I'm passing on to someone else.

Jan 20, 2011, 2:06am Top

>147 PortiaLong:
There are some downloadable files of LT bookmarks in the LT Wiki:


You can print them out on card stock and there you are!

Jan 20, 2011, 2:18am Top

149.> Nice, but my home printer will not handle the heavy grade of cardstock I'd like to use for those bookmarks. :(

Jan 20, 2011, 2:40am Top

Take the files to Kinko's? (or printshop of your choice)

Jan 20, 2011, 5:18am Top

Something I might consider, if quantity were not an issue. I don't particularly need a hundred or more... so will probably just settle for using something my home printer will handle.

Jan 20, 2011, 9:45am Top

How about print bookmarks on home printer + heavy grade cardstock + some glue, if it is just to produce a dozen or so?

Jan 20, 2011, 9:51am Top

Am considering that option... and I can laminate them if I choose to keep to lightweight cardstock.

Jan 20, 2011, 11:56am Top

Lamination sounds like a great idea - makes them last longer!

Jan 20, 2011, 12:21pm Top

I started with "dots" in color but switched to "pukas" as they were much cheaper.

Tims no. 3 would work (without the "Spalding") if the size was right. To fit Avery 06002.

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