If there’s one thing humans are good at, it’s collecting stuff. It’s not just books, magazines, games, CDs, DVDs. It’s tools and gadgets.
We are. Therefore we collect. What we collect needs to be organized and inventoried. Our homes are like the public library—chock full of who knows what. Which is exactly why Mac and Windows PC users need a Librarian to help us keep track of our stuff.
The Digital Librarian
I’m not talking about keeping track of all our digital belongings. The Mac helps us out with folders for Documents, Music, Movies, and Photos. It’s simple organization, yes, but effective.
I’m talking about keeping track of all the atoms we purchase over the years.
There’s three categories of stuff that need to be categorized, inventoried, organized, libraryized (I made that up, but it fits). Books, magazines, games, CDs, DVDs are in one group because we often loan those out.
Tools, utensils, cooking items, gardening items, gadgets. These are all items which we tend to collect and keep and loan out. The last category is everything else.
Librarian Pro is a Mac and Windows PC utility which acts as a digital personal inventory system. Librarian as a name just doesn’t seem to do justice to all we buy and keep except for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and the like. Maybe Inventorian would be a better description.
Whatever we have that needs to be inventoried can be dropped into Librarian’s smart collections, even marked as having been loaned out. For the anal retentive OCD afflicted, you can export your collective details to your iPod.
Wait. Are there not already a number of Mac apps that do this? Delicious Library and DVDpedia come to mind. Fortunately, Librarian Pro can import data from each. Librarian Pro uses Amazon to capture author, artist, title, and keyword details for select media (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.), even adding images.
Librarian Pro lets you create multiple databases for different locations (home, office, summer home, family members), as well as create a borrowed items list, complete with borrower accounts, the ability to export your list to a web page, and filters to delete duplicates.
It’ll run on both Mac and Windows PCs and the database is interchangeable between the two.
Don’t you feel better already? The problem with Librarian Pro is that it’s simply another inventory system that inventories specific types of items well, but others, not so much.
If you’re going to inventory your books, CDs, DVDs, etc., why not inventory your furniture, stocks, clothing, jewelry, personal effects, electronic devices, too—all in one application, rather than two or three apps?
Librarian Pro is good for what it does, cross platform, but once you get into it, you want it to do more. Maybe there’s counseling for that.