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If the LT's catalog's format is able to classify or formulate the list of only-owned books by each member will be interesting and exciting.
There is no way to find out site-wide which books are loners, except through the folks who choose to tag with the ultb tag. However, you can go to the tag page for that tag and see all the books that have that tag.
As of this writing, it has been used 24,328 times by 128 members. There are bound to be more, but I don't know how you'd find them.
"....but I don't know how you'd find them." Yes, we can access the full list of those unique-owned book( catalogued- by one member only).
(as pointed by you)
Use: Tag: ultb
Search and Scroll - Titles
Tagging and Cataloguing are just keep track of the books you owned, and not purchasing a book twice , this will save "wasteful" spending of books.
It's also your duty to check for a bit before tagging your unique work with ULTB. Check the author page, search for the title, try some variations.
1) Is the author correct (some data sources have flawed data)?
2) Is the title correct and normalized for LT quirks?
* Content in titles in parentheses () are ignored for auto combination.
* Content after (and including) a colon are ignored for auto combination.
It is sometimes helpful to adjust a title punctuation such as:
Tom Swift and His Airship; or, The Stirring Cruise of the Red Cloud
Tom Swift and His Airship: or, The Stirring Cruise of the Red Cloud (Tom Swift, #3)
Here I have used a colon to separate the main title from the subtitle. The series information can be added in parentheses for my own use and other humans but does not affect combinations.
3) Recalculate author/title. This may cause LT to initiate the auto combination process, especially after steps 1 and 2 were done.
4) Go to the author page (click the author name link). On the right side you will see "Improve This Author. Combine/separate works. Click this link to see a list of the author works with a chance to combine it with others that are the same work.
When you come up with things that are not easy to combine, visit the Combiners! group and ask for specific help.
I'm not entirely sure about tagging unique works of which I have more than one copy; in other words, an item no one else has cataloged, but I have several of them. Is it then user unique or physical unique that counts?
I raised that point before and the general reaction in the group was that if my copies were the only ones in LT then they should count. My example was a scarce story owned by Edward Stratemeyer called Malcolm the Waterboy by "D. T. Henty" (pseud.).
Mershon, 1900 first printing
Wanamaker Young People's Library edition with early dust jacket
Only seven Worldcat libraries have a copy. Of course, I'd be the first to recognize that this is not a book that libraries would be likely to carry in the first place, let alone retain for more than 110 years. Very few collectors, Stratemeyer or, oddly, G. A. Henty collectors have a copy.
LT says 2 members have the book. That's incorrect. There are two copies, both mine. The label on that piece of data is misleading on the book page and book catalog pages. There's no motivation to change it to better reflect what is actually being counted, let alone try to count what the label says.
A potential complication is that sometimes author names get encoded quite differently, so the same work might be sitting in copies on different pages that don't talk to each other. As an example from when I peeked into Africansky's ULTBs, author Erdem Yücel has been entered/imported differently by different users, so sometimes it's encoded as yucelerdem, other times as ycelerdem, and other times as yuumlcelerdem. Combining all those author pages makes it easier to find work combinations. Any authors with diacritics, multi-word surnames or multiple last names are often ripe for this kind of combination need. Middle names and initials also have this problem, but are trickier since they often need to be split and aliased instead of combined. (Even the diacritics occasionally get tricky ... iturriagajose stands for both Jose (N.) Iturriaga and José E. Iturriaga.
And then there are the fun cases of works that are catalogued by some under Editor1, others under Editor2, others under the famous Foreword writer, others under "Editor1 and Editor2", others under publisher name, and others with no author at all! :-) If I can figure out that it's all just the same work, and figure out who is who, I'll get the copies combined and then massage Other-Authors to make sure the work still appears on all the right pages.
Sometimes I can't remember if I've sent something already, so I look it up in WorldCat. I get a kick when I see there is one copy of that item on WorldCat, and it's in the library to which I send things. Hey, that's my item!
Maybe I should use a uwcb (unique WorldCat book) for those works. :-)
I do keep using the ultb tag for deaccessioned works, since it's the same situation as with a Legacy Library.
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I shall track down more on line reflections and discussion as to what is or is not Africana .. But I am not a purist . thanks for your suggestions re tags .. But the term "studies" really fits with a more conscious effort to study "Africa" as a fruitful area of research or a problem.
I will modify my tagging of books by using the subject matter headings(for any group concerned) by editing the words used by Dewey Decimal Classification .
If you refer to :
will guide you to tag your books correctly by reference to the index, from Africa to Afrotropic
close to the main subject matter of the book. This give more accurate tagging "labels" to your
African-related books/materials. I hope that this method is not too elaborate and time-consuming.
If you use DDC - a complete set of 4 volumes,catalog and label your books will be properly grouped on the shelves. A very tedious task but worthwhile for your hugh collection of books.
e.g. 800 Literature & rhetoric
>890 Literature of other languages
>896 African Literatures
Bantu ( e.g. Swahili,Zulu)