Originally Posted by davidfor
If you have metadata management set to automatic, it should do the shelf setup the next time you connect. The card has to be in the Kobo when it is connected. But, with "a few thousand books" on the card, the driver will take a while to do this. I'm pretty sure it will be faster than doing it manually.
And a hint for others who might want to try this, it is a BAD idea to create something like 2000 shelves. Takes forever (over 30 minutes) to go to the shelves menu!