A bit off subject buy maybe this can be of value to others as well. I'm working on my Civil War book collection. You know the one...it has spilled out on to the floor, isn't in very good order, you can't remember if you have a book but can't find it if you do. Yeah that one. For those of you with considerable libraries how do you shelve your books? Is it straight by author? Do you divide by subject? If so, how? How do you keep track of biographies? Are they by author or by the subject matter? If by subject how do you deal with authors with a large and varied body of work such as maybe Eric Wittenberg?
I have tried LibraryThing but have to admit that I just can't get motivated to enter everything. While that would help record keeping should something terrible happen it doesn't address the shelving issue.
Any ideas are appreciated before the shelves become completely out of control.