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Personal Journals entered into LT, Yea or Nea?

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1misericordia
Set 22, 2008, 11:59am

I have been considering entering my personal journals into LT. I am not really sure about this. I have the books shelved in my library, why shouldn't I enter them into LT? I mean 1/3 of what I use LT for is having a list of my books so I can find them. So why not catalog my journals?

On the other hand, they haven't been published and never will be published. I am sure no one else will have them. If LT is about connecting people through their books, no one will be connected to me through these books? So why catalog them?

So personal journal seem like the ultimate unique book. should I catalog them or not? What does the group think?

2DaynaRT
Set 22, 2008, 12:03pm

If LT is about connecting people through their books

That's only one aspect of LT, and for many people it is a small or even totally unimportant aspect. If you want to catalog what's on your shelves, go for it.

3misericordia
Set 22, 2008, 6:55pm

If you want to catalog what's on your shelves, go for it....

Yea, but I have bookends and a bust of Pallas* on my shelves. I'm not sure how or should catalog that. Where is the line?

*One of the Titans. Pallas is the son of Crius and Eurybia and husband of Styx. Pallas is the father of Zelus, Nike, Cratos and Bia. He is also occasionally considered the father of Eos. Also a favored perching place for ravens.

4prosfilaes
Set 22, 2008, 9:42pm

3> Honestly, if you want to catalog your bookends and your busts in LibraryThing, I don't think anyone will stop you. If someone would include their journals in a list of the books in their library, I don't see why they shouldn't put them on LibraryThing.

5DaynaRT
Set 22, 2008, 10:01pm

There is a group dedicated to bookends, so cataloging them can't be too far off.

6lilithcat
Set 22, 2008, 11:16pm

And then there are the cats:

7misericordia
Set 23, 2008, 10:54am

Hmmm so cataloging a cat.

Title Mr Mittens
Author Mr Tigre and Snowball
Tags cat, store cat, pita
Rating ****
Your review Noble store cat. Good at mousing and sleeping in sunny chairs.
Other authors
Publication DOB 04-17-06
Publication date See publication
ISBN None
LC classification None
Dewey None
Primary language meow
Comments It's a CAT!
Private comments Feed and water daily
Summary Tiger striped cat, with a skill at sleeping, eating and climbing bookshelves.
Number of copies 1
BCID None
Date acquired 02-01-08

4> Seriously, just because someone isn't going to stop you doesn't make it the correct thing to do. Let's get that clear.

I am seriously leaning toward cataloging them. Mostly based on the idea that a library would collect and hold journals, letters and other none published materials of little know people, for historic value alone.

So the next point is, how to do it correctly. Within Library thing I seriously don't want to get hammer for having my own author page, not really being a published author. Beside I would like to maintain a level of anonymity. So I catalog the Journal without an author or publisher etc. Does that action serious undermine the data structure of LT? Or is there a dummy author I and others could use? Say "Self" which could then be used to look at everyone who has journals entered. I would like to know who has journals. I would like to connect with other journal writers. In addition I have a box of letters written to me. I would like to catalog them as well.

So does anyone have examples of odd things they have cataloged and how they did it? Serious bookend, sculpture or Cats?

Is there a better group to discuss this in?

8christiguc
Set 23, 2008, 11:06am

>7 misericordia: Only four stars?

9lquilter
Set 23, 2008, 11:26am

7> ... maybe, "Self (unpublished)", to avoid any confusion with works by an LT author or works that are self-published?

10reading_fox
Set 23, 2008, 11:36am

You can leave the author name blank. There are already 000s of works without an author. it won't break LT by doing so.

Were I in your position I'd use my own name, or more likely my username. Self is already rather popular.

11misericordia
Set 23, 2008, 4:28pm

10> Self is rather popular. But as an actual person's name.

There appear to be three books that are written by Self. Two which are actual written by the person cataloging them.
I also found an interesting http://www.librarything.com/author/byme entry. This user rohitkhanna appear to be cataloging article they have written themselves.

I like a solution that will allow everyone who writes personal journal to link up. So "Self (unpublished journal)" looks like a really good solution. This would allow "Self (unpublished letters)".

12misericordia
Editado: Set 29, 2008, 7:05pm

I have found a very interesting book Record - Mrs. A. L. Pomeroy. It is not a personal journal but close enough. No one seems to mind it.

13vintage_books
Out 10, 2008, 6:16pm

I purchased two copies of personal diaries at a garage sale and both are in my library. I say definately catalog them. It's your library, and your relatives might be interested in finding them (unless you destroy them).

14misericordia
Out 10, 2008, 7:11pm

How did you catalog them? Please paste the works page link here. (Go to the title click on it and it will take you to the works page. Cut the URL and paste it into the reply to this message...)

15vintage_books
Editado: Out 10, 2008, 7:59pm

> Message 14: misericordia

Tag: Diary

Links:

http://www.librarything.com/work/details/30924331

http://www.librarything.com/work/details/31081027

And, if you are REALLY interested, here are scans of the actual pages:

http://www.librarything.com/work/details/31081027
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(Teaser photo)


And I forgot to add how much I LOVED the cat entry!

16misericordia
Out 14, 2008, 2:18pm

Why didn't you enter Mrs White as author? Did you just have her surname?

I like the bit about running off the gypsies! What a different time.

These are so interesting.

17vintage_books
Out 14, 2008, 2:57pm

No, I don't have her name (yet). I knew she was this boy's mother, due to some events in the diary that matched up, and the family verified they were from the same household.

I'm sure with a small amount of detective work I can find her name; but she never signed her diary. :(

18SaintSunniva
Dez 10, 2008, 10:16pm

I've got bunches of my personal diaries (journals) tucked away. I hadn't even thought of cataloging them -- but what a good idea.