If you have a large number of books at home, then in most cases it becomes difficult to navigate them. To make it easier to work with them, you can create a catalog. This classification of a home collection of books will differ from the system used in a public library. How do you create a directory like this?
- - books for classification;
- - shelves for books.
Decide which catalog you want to create - "paper" or electronic. Each of them has its own advantages. The classic catalog is more descriptive and can be used at any time, even if you don't have a computer. In turn, it is easier to insert various edits into an electronic catalog, and it is also more convenient to store - it takes up space only on a computer's hard disk or on an external medium.
It is also possible to make both versions of the same directory.
Prepare a catalog box for a paper catalog. It should be an oblong box without a top wall. For the convenience of using the cards inside it, it is best to fix a metal rod in the middle, onto which the cards will be "strung". For a large catalog, there should be several such boxes.
Start categorizing your books. It can be of two types - alphabetical or thematic, for a large library it is best to combine them. For a paper catalog, collect all the data about the book on a special card. Record the author, title of the book, year and place of publication. For scientific literature, you can also indicate the year of the first edition of this study, as well as the number of pages in the volume. Also indicate the heading to which the book according to your thematic classification will belong - for example, historical novels, or books on gardening.
For the electronic version of the catalog, information about the book is best indicated in the form of a table. An Excel file is suitable for this.
Store the paper-based catalog cards in a special catalog box. It is best to distribute them according to thematic groups, and already within them - alphabetically. When purchasing a new book, make a separate card for it and place it in the proper place in the drawer.