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message 1: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Your basic serial adder:

Has entered a number of shorter-than-10-digit ISBNS:

Has a lot of pre-ISBN books mixed in with recent ISBNless (which may need combining anyway, though):

message 2: by [ A ] (last edited Mar 18, 2010 02:19PM) (new)

[ A ] | 51 comments Serial adders are members who have added a LOT of new books to the database in a short period of time.

Often these users have not checked ahead of time to see if their book already exists and will enter in no ISBN, incorrect ISBNS (as above), incorrect spellings, etc. :)

EDIT: Cait's explanation below is much more detailed than mine :)

message 3: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments A "serial adder" is what I call someone who appears to have misunderstood the difference between shelving a book and manually adding a new book to the catalog, and they've manually added duplicates of all of their books instead of selecting their edition from the existing lists. Generally they just need someone to send a message to them explaining how to find books (or they've clearly already figured it out, but still have an older stack of problem books shelved).

When I delete a duplicate edition, I first click through to the source (the user who created the record) and go a quick scan of that user's shelves for any flags. Most of the time you get someone who just couldn't find a particular book, so they entered it -- this happens a lot whenever the search engine gets briefly didgy -- but sometimes you find a user who's been entering dozens of books manually. Usually you can spot them because they have big sections of their shelves that have recent publication dates but no ISBNs -- there are valid ways for that to happen, but it's a warning flag to check that user's shelves over for duplicate editions.

message 4: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 44118 comments Mod
Another warning sign of a user who is unclear on the difference between manually adding a book and shelving it is a book "description" that is clearly a personal review.

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