It is that time of year when Goodreads presents everyone who uses their service with a booklist of books read that year. If you are like me, there are some books missing from the list and it would be nice to easily update that list. But if you are also like me, you do not write down all the books you read as you read them, especially the digital downloads.
Well if you have the optional “Reading List” function turned on in EasiCat (our online catalog) then you have not only a list of all items you have checked out from the library, but also *New This Year* a list of all the items you digitally downloaded from Wisconsin’s Digital Library collection.
If you pull up your reading list you will see digital downloads listed inline with all your physical books you checked out. Here you can see the most recent digital download I read on my iPad “Influx”.
In this way I can find a nice cohesive list of everything I read from the library or and as a digital download. Now I can use that list to update any books missing from my Goodreads reading list.
In order to keep the list relevant and manageable, I expend some effort to remove items from my list that I did not read, did not enjoy, or that were DVDs or books for my son that I do not need to keep track of (lets face it, I do not need a list of the hundreds of Geronimo Stilton books we check out each year).
The process is easy. Just click on the box next to the title you want to remove, scroll down to the bottom, and the click the delete button. But keep in mind, once you delete them, they are gone forever.
This is how I have whittled down my EasiCat list, that would be well over 18 pages long, down to a manageable 3 (or maybe 2 when I am done cleaning up my 2014 list later today).
So… take advantage of this new feature in EasiCat that displays the digital downloads right in line with your physical checkouts, but also take the time to maintain your list at the end of each year so that your maintain list remains relevant and easy to use in future years when you want to find that good book you read back in 2006.
The EasiCat Reading List is an option-in function in EasiCat. It will only maintain your reading list from the day you turn it on to the day you turn it off. Sign yourself up at EasiCat under My Account (you must be logged in to sign up for or to view your reading list). You will find your reading list on EasiCat under My Account, Reading History.