Media Dork

By: J. Stapley - May 10, 2007

Ardis’s recent post at T&S on home libraries, got me thinking about a new piece of software that I am testing out. I’m not sure why I like the idea of cataloging books so much, but I have to admit that the fun of doing it has made me consider ponying up the $40 or whatever to purchase the software once the free trial is over.

shelf.jpgIf you click the image, you can see one of the outputs of MediaMan, a PC knock-off of Delicious Library (available only for Mac). These programs will download product information from amazon, including cover art for all sorts of media. You can even use a web cam to image the bar code on the back of the book to get all the data, which I haven’t done, but sounds cool.

The image above is only my “Mormon Studies” titles, and doesn’t include theses, historical materials (like my copies of Journal of Discourses, old Church Handbooks, etc.), e-titles, or very rare items in my Mormon library. Why? Because I am too lazy to add all the information manually, which I guess is the downside of this thing. Still, I like it, because I am a dork.

I know several people that use Library Thing, but it doesn’t allow you to view items as a virtual shelf, which is half the fun. There are some practical benefits to these software organizers, however. You can note when you have lent books out. It catalogs book prices, if you are interested in having a list for insurance purposes.


  1. Stapley, you are a total dork! I love it!

    Comment by kris — 5/10/2007 @ 12:48 pm

  2. J., do you still blog here? 😉 Nice widget; I’ve been tempted by Library Thang for quite some time, but maybe MediaMan is the one.

    Comment by Dave — 5/10/2007 @ 12:59 pm

  3. Real dorks use an Excel spreadsheet.

    Comment by Susan M — 5/10/2007 @ 2:45 pm

  4. Cool. I just got a Mac, and I’ve used Library Thing in the past.

    Comment by Ben — 5/10/2007 @ 7:09 pm

  5. A little thin on material, are we?

    Comment by Chris S. — 5/11/2007 @ 2:54 pm

  6. A little thin on material, are we?

    That obvious, eh? Actually, there is plenty of material, just thin on time and volition (grin).

    Comment by J. Stapley — 5/11/2007 @ 3:06 pm

  7. J., why don’t I see your copies of About the Three Nephites, Whence Came They?: Israel, Britain, and the Restoration, Aliens and UFOs: Messengers or Deceivers?, and Joseph Smith and His Royal Lineage (volumes I and II) on your shelf?

    Comment by Justin — 5/11/2007 @ 9:05 pm

  8. You can note when you have lent books out.

    Now if it could only collect those books for return to your library after a reasonable time …

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — 5/12/2007 @ 10:13 pm

  9. Justin, those titles are archived in my version of the First Presidency Vault.

    Comment by J. Stapley — 5/13/2007 @ 10:16 am

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