duplicate / download another users catalog (or add all books to mine)

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duplicate / download another users catalog (or add all books to mine)

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Nov 27, 2019, 9:20am

hello, i'm interested in the catalog of terence mckenna (https://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=TerenceKempMcKenna&collection=...)

i'd like to browse through his books, and add a load to a wishlist. is there a way to add all the books in this cat to mine? or download another users catalog?

Nov 27, 2019, 10:02am

I don't think so

Nov 27, 2019, 11:19am

that's a shame

Nov 27, 2019, 11:38am

Eh, I don't know. I love being able to browse other people's catalogs, and having them able to browse mine, but honestly I'd probably go private if the alternative were "let people copy my catalog wholesale with a single click". It's *mine*. If you like it, add me as an interesting library, browse away, add however many books you want to your wishlist, but don't just slurp it all up.

Nov 27, 2019, 11:46am

>4 lorax: Seeing as we don't have a decent way to copy our own library into another account, I'm not too worried about this idea. But, yes, that seems awfully like stalking.

Nov 27, 2019, 2:40pm

You could ask the other user to export their library to a file and send it to you, then import it into your library. But that doesn't really work too well.

Nov 27, 2019, 3:05pm

>1 entronick: Considering your library is supposed to be things that have meaning TO YOU, I don't see why you'd want to do this. If you browse another library and see a book of interest, there is a button for "Add to Wishlist" at the top of the right-hand column. But to just wholesale STEAL another library ...

Nov 27, 2019, 3:36pm

If you want to know what books the account has that you don't have that might be interesting to you, you could check out the "What Should You Borrow" page (https://www.librarything.com/profile/entronick/recommendations/whatshouldyouborr...), but since you have not added any books to your catalog it doesn't have any data to work with yet.

Nov 29, 2019, 6:52pm

Considering the library of interest is a legacy library, I am pretty sure the OP isn't going to get any traction by requesting an export.

Nov 29, 2019, 10:27pm

Interesting! It says he was a psychonaut. I wonder what that is…

Dec 2, 2019, 11:37am

>9 lesmel: I'm of two minds. I think they're unlikely to get a response to their message because the account isn't monitored, but since it's a legacy library I think it would be less of a privacy concern to give out an export file than if it were a personal account.

Dec 2, 2019, 1:07pm

>10 krazy4katz:

Someone who explores and studies altered states of consciousness.

Dec 2, 2019, 9:40pm

>12 andyl: Oh, so is it a "real" science? Sorry. Don't mean to be offensive, but as a neuroscientist (sort of) I just wonder how they do this.

Dec 3, 2019, 4:15am

>13 krazy4katz:

I am not sure it is real science. It has become a real academic study though, although a lot of the early proponents were coming at it from a more recreational angle. McKenna had a foot in both camps.

Dec 3, 2019, 4:20am

Good isn't it? You get to experiment with various drugs and claim that it's all for research purposes. That is if you like being out of your mind.

Dec 3, 2019, 10:36am

>11 norabelle414: I thought the idea of being able to export a Legacy Library was interesting. I'm all for the free sharing of information, so maybe this could be a thing we offer in the future? An interesting RSI, nonetheless.

Dec 3, 2019, 3:38pm

>17 kristilabrie: It would be much more interesting if importing it worked reliably: https://www.librarything.com/topic/219575

Dec 3, 2019, 4:10pm

Of course. :)

Dec 3, 2019, 4:25pm

kristilabrie (#17):

Just as long as this stays limited to Legacy libraries! I love it when people browse my library, but the idea of someone completely downloading my OWN PERSONAL LIBRARY creeps me out something fierce.

Dec 4, 2019, 8:20am

>20 lorax: Oh absolutely, there would be way too many creepy issues that could go with someone wanting an export of a living person's library without that person's complete knowledge and permission. Stalking is just one of the problems running through my mind—I certainly wouldn't want that, either.

As for the Legacy Library stuff, that depends a lot on what Tim thinks of the idea. :)

Feb 4, 2020, 12:10pm

I agree that it would be useful to be able to export some other organization's library. For example, I might want to reorganize their tags in some way for my use.

Edited: Feb 5, 2020, 10:08am

If you think you have a valid reason that the other member would agree with, you can speak with them about it, bearing in mind that their answer may be to block you.

Otherwise, I think it's really good that this doesn't work.