Sorted Books

The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing.  The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging from private homes to specialized public book collections.  The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping books into clusters so that the titles can be read in a sequence, from top to bottom.  The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from.  Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies – a cross-section of the library’s holdings.  More

Last week, a friendly competition (actually I don’t think we are competing, maybe I just turned it into a competition” was initiated among a few fanatically relentless customer service providers at the suburban library near I94 to participate in the Sorted Books Project.  We have until November 14th to create something.  Today as I was checking in returned materials and I came up with a test run:

I think I can do better if I actually “comb” the collection.


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