We do all have our own favorites, yeah. :)  One reason I really like LibraryThing is that although its cataloging scheme is LC & you can't add a separate call number field, it's extremely easy to put NLM info in the comments field & set the patron display to show that.  (As with others, I'm sure) it's highly configurable, easy to manage, & VERY easy to set which fields you want to display for your users.  And if your wish is to use LC for your classification, you don't have to do anything -- it's the default & automatically sets the LC call # when adding titles.  Acquiring non-LC cataloging data is a piece of cake, too, since you can pick from NLM, Amazon, or any of a number of *other* data sources when adding a title.

And no, I don't work for LT. :)


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We migrated to Koha a few months ago and are happy with it. Free, open source, and infinitely customizable. See
or contact me off-list if you want more info.

Fred King
Medical Librarian, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cheryle Cann
Sent: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 4:02 PM
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Subject: a small library catalog

Dear Medlib-l'ers,

I've begun working at ITT Technical Institute Earth City's Learning
Resources Center.  Much of our collections are available in our "Virtual
Library" with a heavy emphasis on EbscoHost and ProQuest databases and many

We also have a small collection of actual real physical books which very
closely mirror the textbooks being used in the current quarter.  These are
in case someone needs to borrow for a day (or longer period).  They are
arranged by course number and shelved accordingly.  In addition we have two
sections of books which do not have as specific a purpose, but are there to
refer to when needed.  They are a mess.  Some have been cataloged and have
Library of Congress call numbers.  Others are labelled with a course number
(current quarter?).

My intention is to catalog all of the collections with Library of Congress.
I'd like to be able to find out if we own a book (virtually or physically)
by looking it up in this catalog.

Do any of you have any suggestions of software I might use which would
allow me to build this searchable catalog?

Whatever ideas you may have will be greatly appreciated.


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