This tip idea comes from Simple, Green Frugal Co-op, where Aurora writes about personalising your library by creating your own ‘books’ with information relevant to your needs.
I’ve been doing this for a long time without thinking much about it: collecting, sorting and storing information (in various formats) that is relevant to me. At the end of the day it’s cheaper than buying loads and loads of books and I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for information (call it my passion if you will).
I keep written notebooks with topical information (one notebook per topic). This information may be written notes from borrowed books, or off the net or be from personal experience.
I keep folders of information that I have photocopied or torn out of magazines.
I keep folders on the computer of stuff that I have downloaded, scanned from books, copied and pasted etc.
And I keep and extensive amount of bookmarked stuff from the net.
I love borrowing books from the library. Quite often there is some great information in them, but not on every page and not enough to warrant the book taking up precious shelf space (not to mention the parting with money bit). A few pages photocopied or scanned for personal use is well within copyright laws.
The important thing to collecting information is organising it so you can find it easily when you need it.
When it comes to the computer, use well titled folders, relevant tags on your bookmarks, and a good back up system for creating your own ‘electronic library’.
For physical notes, use dividers or sleeves in binders and separate notebooks per topic (with contents pages) to keep your information sorted and convenient to use. Exercise books cost only a few cents, and dividers can often be purchased cheaply at second hand stores.