Possible Library Organization Process

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Paul Watson | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Nov 5 2021 7:52 PM

I've decided that to make the best use of my Library, I need to make collections and to do some tagging. I'm just beginning to work on this... this is a work in process.

The 1st thing I did was make a whole library collection, save it as bibliography and then printed the whole thing out on paper. 7700 books... 560 pages long. I'm to print it at least one more time... possibly twice. Yes you can look at all of the entries on the computer screen, yes you can execute searches in collections pane... I tried both, but when I tried those procedures, I always knew that I was missing books that I knew were in my library and I knew that there were books that I knew that I had... that I would never find by searching unless, I had the exact title or author.
So I printed all of it out. Then I got some highlighters... All of my biblical commentary titles are highlighted in yellow. All of atlas materials are highlighted in pink. All of my Bible versions and texted.... I've drawn a box around the title with a yellow fine liner... My Bible dictionaries are boxed in dark blue fine liner...
I ordered the 60 color fine liner set... the 2nd printing I aim to have an organized list of the category headings, each with it's own color...and to go back through the whole list and highlight or box, every book, that I think I will read or use. I'll then go through this list... to add all of the bibles to a collection...Bible List. Add all of the single volume commentaries to... "Commentaries single Volume" and then go though the whole document and make each color... a collection in Logos.
Then as new books come in... I'll add them to a collection right as they come in and index.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 7 2021 10:17 PM

Paul Watson:
the 2nd printing I aim to have an organized list of the category headings, each with it's own color...and to go back through the whole list and highlight or box, every book, that I think I will read or use. I'll then go through this list... to add all of the bibles to a collection...Bible List. Add all of the single volume commentaries to... "Commentaries single Volume" and then go though the whole document and make each color... a collection in Logos.
Then as new books come in... I'll add them to a collection right as they come in and index.

You need to think about "dynamic" collections to some extent e.g. tag single volume commentaries as "Single Volume" and use a collection rule of mytag:single-volume  (the hyphen covers the space in the name). So, tag new resources for a collection based on that mytag value. But you don't necessarily need a collection because you can Search on mytag values.

You can search All Bibles in a Bible Search, so there is no need of a collection. They can also be accessed via type:bible, and use Details view in Library to see all the other resource types under the heading of Type (click to sort). Your real task will be distinguish English/Greek/Hebrew and Septuagint bibles for which resource metadata exists like Type, Language, Title (visible in Library), so that you do not have to tag them. My Tags are also visible in Library.

The hardest part will be to catalogue type:monograph, where I have tagged 324 out of 906, and where a specific bibliography may help you (I scan the titles in Library, open them and decide what to tag).

Hope this helps and saves some paper! Please ask for more information/clarification.

Dave
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Hamilton Ramos | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 9 2021 6:47 PM

Hi Paul Watson:

Sometimes is more helpful to start from the actual type of information that you want to get and then find key words that can be used to make searches.

It seems that a lot of applications of a text are found in devotionals, knowing that allows you to make better searches.

I have found many important bits of information looking for key words in a quick systematic theology collection, etc.

Look at the following to get an idea of how to leverage the Library:

https://blog.logos.com/how-do-you-use-logos-dave-moser/

I asked about the controlled vocabulary list that Logos use, and is too large to have it in a usable format, but many times using key concepts, key words, and the like allow you to get quickly to the sub concepts involved that allow you to play with quick collections and basic search to find relevant information quick.

Hope this helps.

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Paul Watson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 10 2021 4:56 PM

Thanks to both of you... since I wrote the 1st post... I've discovered community tags... and most everything in logos has a community tag...
I'll implement both of your comments... I sometimes get books because the title/subject looks interesting and then get to reading something else and then forget about all the other books that I got because I wanted to read them... I've got to get a handle on those...
IS there a way to save a list that is generated by searching for a community tag... to a collection?

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 10 2021 6:40 PM

Paul Watson:
I've discovered community tags... and most everything in logos has a community tag...

IS there a way to save a list that is generated by searching for a community tag... to a collection

If you mean the ones that are selected in Program Settings via Show Community Tags then, YES

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This metadata is the way to identify resources for the collection (Apologetics in this case). If you want to include your own tags (My Tags) then use tag:apologetics instead  e.g. when you tag a resource as an apologetic because the community tag is different.

See https://wiki.logos.com/Library__#Search_Fields_that_you_can_use_in_the_Find_box (and Collections) for other metadata you can use as Search fields.

Dave
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