Athens GA flash mob planned for Classics collection
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We've just set a date of Saturday October 24 at 10am.
This collection doesn't circulate, so that's not an issue in tagging. I'm planning to label the shelves and add shelf numbers as tags so people can find things (currently the collection is grouped by subject, and a print catalog exists.) A major issue I wonder about is how to handle things like encyclopedias (we have, for example, Brill's New Pauly in about 17 volumes). Since they don't circulate, should we just do an encyclopedia as one entry? We also have sets (i.e. Loeb Classical Library) but I am thinking we can just tag each item in a set (i.e. Loeb) but catalog them individually. Any thoughts on these issues?
I suppose if we were feeling very ambitious we could convert romanized titles into Unicode if Librarything supports it...
Before you embark on this project you might want to ask Tim about the status of the "revamped search" that's been promised, and whether it will fix this issue. Tim's a Classics guy, he'll be sympathetic.
Unfortunately, I think you'll be hard pressed to find one. Despite the fact that most library catalogs should be able to support Unicode, at this point, I haven't ever seen a catalog that supported Greek or Cyrillic text (although some libraries are making progress where Arabic and CJK scripts are concerned). I don't understand why (and it's a personal pet peeve), but that's where the library world currently is. Of course, I've mostly come across this when entering Greek and Russian books for legacy libraries, so you may have some luck with newer books, but I wouldn't necessarily count on it.
>I suppose if we were feeling very ambitious we could convert romanized titles into Unicode if Librarything supports it...
That's what I've done for the Cyrillic volumes in Pushkin's library, but it's very slow going. Good luck!
Harvard's HOLLIS catalog (Classic only; linked from http://lib.harvard.edu/) supports searching in Greek. They are adding new records for works in Greek with dual MARC fields, one in Greek Unicode and one romanized. They have started doing this since 2006, and are not currently adding anything retrospectively.
The AMBROSIA catalog, of the British and American Schools in Athens (including Gennadius; http://ambrosia.ascsa.edu.gr:8991/F) seems to have all works in Greek displaying and searchable in Greek Unicode, but NOT available romanized. I found materials going back quite far (at least to the 1930s), so I don't think they are just doing new materials in Unicode. You can get the catalog to display MARC fields in the public interface.
Unfortunately neither of these catalogs are currently options for Librarything sources. I'll be looking at the University of Patras, which is.