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Robb Wood | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Oct 2 2021 10:00 AM

I've been a Logos user for a year now and need to organize my books.  I understand the best method to organizing books is using collections.   However, as I think of names for collections, I keep changing them.  Does anyone have suggestions or willing to share how they have organized their library?  Using tags is another option I'm willing to try.  

Unorganized and Striving for Simplicity,

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 2 2021 11:28 AM

Make the names descriptive of what is in them. Nothing creative. "Bible Dictionaries", "Favorite Commentaries", "Biographies", "Systematic Theology", "Greek Lexicons", "Topical Resources", "Maps and Charts" - that sort of thing. Collections are like arranging books on a shelf so you can find them more easily. Tags can be useful but I use them sparingly.

You can always change the names or modify the contents later. 

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 2 2021 1:24 PM

Robb Wood:
Using tags is another option I'm willing to try.  

Unlike Mark, I'm a tagger. For the highest quality tagging, Keep Smiling's are best.

The stragegies I follow:

1. The first word in the tag is a broad-grouping; the second is more specific, etc

  - Bibles-English

  - Bibles-Hebrew-NT

The reason, is that in many instances, as you type a filter (or it sorts), the grouping is narrowed down to the specific.

2. I avoid any punctuation (eg dashes, above). The reason is the 3 platforms are not consistent (desktop, web, mobile). Instead I use the old upper/lower case: BiblesGreek

3. I use tagging in combination with edited titles. The latter are especially good to sort Bible commentaries. I also sort Bibles by date, to see translation trends.  Re-titling in combination with tagging, allows even more finite control. Remember, the web ignores re-titling; mobiles recognize it. Tricky.

4. Tagging is library visible/manipulable (a column). Collections can be rule based (tags can't).

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Robb Wood | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 2 2021 5:41 PM

DMB,

Before I read your email, I decided to tag mine.   Here are some of the tag names I used

Commentaries-Exegetical
Commentaries-Fav
Greek-Learner
Greek-Tools
Greek-Septuagint

I used a dash but just read your reply.  I'll adjust as you recommended.  I played around with collections and can automate collections with tags.  I spent the day tagging books.  However, I want to split some into smaller tagging units.  I figure this will be a dynamic process.  At least I have a plan that works now.

Thank you DMB and Mark for the ideas and assistance.  

These are my "current" tags. lol

Bible-Apocalypse
Bible-Handbook
Bible-Hermeneutics
Bible-Introductions
Bible-Notes
Bible-Studies
Bible-Versions
Commentaries-Fav
Commentary-Bonus
Commentary-Devotional
Commentary-Exegetical
Commentary-Single
Counseling
Discipleship
Family
Greek-Apparatus
Greek-Learner
Greek-Learner-Advanced
Greek-Lexham
Greek-Lexicon
Greek-Septuagint
Greek-Texts-Fav
Greek-Texts-Other
Greek-Tools
Hide
Hide-Demo
Hide-Journals
Illustrations
Latin
Leadership-Church
Ministry
Quotations
Spiritual - Warfare
Theology-Misc
Theology-Questions
Theology-Systematic
Word-study
Works-Historical

Robb

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 2 2021 6:57 PM

Great! You're system has some nice ideas ... Hide!

Just some other examples:

Typing Comm50 pulls up all my Matthew commentaries (Bible books are numbered).

CommWord pulls up all my Word commentaries.

The system Logos has is quite efficient!

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