Log: A public library of my own

A public library of my own: From user to librarian, from print book to digital annotations

How can I digitize books? Where can I find e-books? What is the best way to manage my electronic library collection? How do I share books from my electronic library? In short, how can I be a good digital librarian? How do I best use my e-book reader? How can I extract from the device my annotations? How to create a structured research library, merge with my annotations and create bibliography? How can I create a collective research group library? In short, how do I create a workflow to maximize the utility of e-books and e-articles for my research work?

If you have these and similar practical concerns, we invite you to the workshop “A public library of my own”. We’ll demonstrate the process of book scanning and maintaining of an e-book library. Bring your own computer and, if you use one, an e-book reader or a tablet. You’re advised to install beforehand two free software tools: Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) and Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/).

Detailed plan for the workshop or one-on-one demo:

1. digitizing books on a book scanner

2. managing own e-library in Calibre

  • adding books, adding metadata, transfer of files to an e-book reader, managing sub-libraries
  • serving books in a local network
  • p2p sharing of books with [let’s share books] plugin
  • using portable Calibre library (prepared with [let’s share books] plugin) on USB stick or as static web site on server
  • integration with aaaaarg.org

3. finding e-books and scientific articles online:

4. syncing Calibre and e-book readers (Kindle, tablets, etc.)

5. annotation in an e-book reader

  • creating, extracting and managing highlights and annotations in Zotero

6. creating a scholarly bibliography in Zotero

  • creating bibliographies and creating collections of bibliographic data
  • attaching books to bibliographic entries
  • extracting annotations from an e-book reader
  • outputting citations and bibliography to your scientific article