LCLS: CAP Manual: Cataloging:

CALL NUMBERS

 

 

Call Number Policy

 

In most instances, call number assignments must be consistent among all libraries and are made at the discretion of CAP. Libraries can request a call number change through the TS Helpdesk. If a request to change a call number is approved by CAP, it will be changed for all copies. This policy may not apply to certain non-print materials.

 

Call numbers are constructed in the following form:

 

[PREFIX] [Q] [AGE] [REF] [COLLECTION CODE] [DEWEY] [CUTTER] [QUALIFIER]

(Click on each part above for the full explanation, and possible values for each field.)

 

Steps for constructing call numbers for normal Book and Talking Book materials:

 

Fiction:

 

  1. Determine if the item is in Spanish.

  2. Determine whether the item is Juvenile, Young Adult, or Adult.  Examine  the purchase order number (see Naming convention for purchase orders and carts), the item itself, and the bibliographic record (i.e.; fixed field “audience” and tracings). 

  3. For Juvenile items, determine if it is a picture book, a board book, or a Reader.

  4. Determine whether the item is a mystery, a western, or a science fiction title.  Check for the title in Symphony. If the title is already in the catalog (for another format or edition), this decision has already been made.  If the title is not in the catalog see guidelines for assigning genres. Collections of fiction are treated as fiction and are therefore not classified.

  5. For Juvenile items, determine if the ordering agency wants the item to be shelved as part of a series

  6. Determine the cutter which is a maximum of 7 letters (usually the first 7 letters of the author's surname).  See [CUTTER] for details and exceptions.

 

Non-Fiction:

    

  1.  Determine if the item is in Spanish.

  2.  Examine the purchase order number (see the Naming Convention) to determine whether the item is Juvenile, Young Adult, or Adult and whether it has been designated for a special collection such as Reference, Parent's Shelf, Professional Collection, Local History, etc.  In addition, examine the item itself and the accompanying bibliographic record (i.e.; fixed field “audience” and tracings) for help with AGE.

  3. For Juvenile items, determine if it is EASY.  If it is a simple picture book, treat it as Fiction. If it is a fairy tale, treat it as non-fiction. See [special Dewey numbers] for fairy tales. Do not classify JUV EASY. 

  4. Assign a Dewey number.  Check for the title in Symphony. If the title is already in the catalog (for another format or edition) use the existing Dewey number.  If the title is not in the catalog, examine the OCLC record (MARC tags 082 or 092) for suggested numbers. Individual Biographies are usually classed at 92. Collective biographies are usually classed in in the 920s. Drama, Poetry, Essays, and history/criticism of fiction are classed in the 800s. See [DEWEY] for details and exceptions.

5. Determine the cutter which is a maximum of 7 letters (usually the first 7 letters of the author's surname as in MARC tag 100 or title in MARC tag 245).  See [CUTTER]  for details and exceptions.

 

[PREFIX] Prefixes identify Spanish language materials and materials belonging to the Community Partner collections.

 

PREFIX

Notes

EVERHART       Used only for materials in the Everhart Museum Library collection.
LHS Used only for materials in the Lackawanna Historical Society Library collection.

SPANISH

Used for Spanish-language materials intended to serve Spanish-speaking customers.

 

NOT used for: books translated into English, movies with Spanish subtitles, or materials for the English speaker to learn Spanish. 

 

Examples:

SPANISH FICTION ORWELL

SPANISH TALKING BOOKS DESANTE

SPANISH JUV 394.2 BLAKE

SPANISH 92 ALLENDE

SPANISH YOUNG ADULT ALLEN

 

 

[None] Not used for materials that aren't in Spanish & don't belong to the Community Partner collections.

 

 

[Q] Oversize Materials:  Because of shelving issues, some libraries request that nonfiction books over a certain height be designated with a Q in front of the collection code. 

 

Q

Notes

Q

Oversize Materials as defined In the table below.

[None]  

 

Use of the Q for Oversize Materials:

Library/Collection

Specification

Abington

NOT USED

Albright – Adult non-fiction

USED FOR 11” or higher

Albright – Adult reference

NOT USED

Bookmobile

NOT USED

Carbondale  Juvenile items

NOT USED

Carbondale -- Adult fiction NOT USED

Carbondale – Adult non– fiction

USED FOR 10.5” or higher

Carbondale – Adult reference

USED FOR 11.75” or higher

Childrens

NOT USED

Dalton – Adult non-fiction

USED FOR 12” or higher

Dalton – Juvenile items

NOT USED

Green Ridge

NOT USED

North Pocono – All nonfiction

USED FOR 12” or higher

Taylor

NOT USED

Valley

NOT USED

 

[AGE] Age is assigned for all items that are for children and young adults.  Assign according to instructions with the item or the order.  (See document Naming convention for purchase orders and carts)

 

Age

Notes

JUV

Used for Children's materials of all formats.

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

JUV SCI/FI APPLEGA
JUV 92 WASHING

JUV EASY MILLER
JUV READER MARTZ

JUV READER 650.14 MARTZ

JUV LARGE TYPE KUNTZ

JUV LARGE TYPE MYS KUNTZ

JUV BIG BOOKS JONES

JUV BOARD SMITH

JUV REF 032 GUINNES

JUV CD 5940

JUV CD-ROM 372.4 CAT

JUV VIDEO HAUNTING

JUV TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY (DISC)

JUV DVD HAUNTING

JUV DVD 973.8

JUV BR HAUNTING

JUV BR 973.8 ACOUSTIC

JUV TALKING BOOKS MYS MARTZ

JUV BIG BOOK JONES*

 

* "BIG BOOKS" are approximately 17" to 20" tall.

YOUNG ADULT

Used for Young Adult materials.  Used only when requested.  Not used for CDs, VHS, DVDs or Blu-Rays. 

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

YOUNG ADULT CADMUM

YOUNG ADULT MYS CONNELL

YOUNG ADULT 133.3 MERTON

YOUNG ADULT REF 133.3 MERTON

YOUNG ADULT LARGE TYPE KUNTZ

YOUNG ADULT LARGE TYPE SCI/FI KUNTZ

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC JONES

YOUNG ADULT TALKING BOOKS 398.2 PATERSO

YOUNG ADULT CD-ROM 372.4 PAN

 

[None]

Age is not used for adult materials.

 

[REF] Ref is assigned for items that belong to Reference (non-circulating) collections.  Assign according to instructions with the item or the order.  (See document Naming convention for purchase orders and carts

 

Ref

Notes

REF

Used for materials that will not circulate.  Used only by request.

 

Example Call Numbers:

REF 973 AMERICA VOL.1

REF 031.05 FACTS 1973

JUV REF 282.092 BUNS

YOUNG ADULT REF 282.092 BUNS

JUV REF 317.3 WORLD 2004

COMPLAB REF 629.39 CHAMBER

Q REF 641 KEYSER

 

[None] Ref is not used for non-Reference materials.

 

[COLLECTION CODE]  Collection Code further defines the placement of an item. Collections are based on type of material or location.  Every item needs a collection code except adult (regular print) nonfiction and JUV or YOUNG ADULT (regular print) general fiction. Assign according to instructions with the item or the order. (See document Naming convention for purchase orders and carts. )  Absent specific instructions, consider copies held by other libraries, information in the bibliographic record, or information on the item itself.

 

 

 

Collection Codes

Notes

BOARD

Used for Children’s books with thick (“board”) pages (little text, mostly illustrations); sometimes “odd” shapes. Used only for JUV age books.

 

Example call number:

 

JUV BOARD KITTENS

BR

Used for Blu-ray video discs (except Young Adult which use YOUNG ADULT BR).

 

 

ALBRIGHT only: The accession number is assigned as new titles are added to the catalog. For each new title, the copy cataloger should open the shared spreadsheet at (BluRayList.xls)  and assign the next number. All future copies of that title (bibliographic record) will receive the same accession number.

 

 

Example Call Number:

 

BR 8885

 

All other libraries:

 

JUV BR 973.8 RECONST

BR 973.8 RECONST

JUV BR ALEX

BR ALIEN

 

Note: Cutter is derived from the first 7 letters of the first word of the title.

 

CD

Used for music compact discs.

 

Not used with YOUNG ADULT. 

 

Not used for recordings that are primarily spoken word rather than music, including comedy programs. These are treated as Talking Books rather than CDs. 

 

No Dewey or Cutter is used with CDs. 

Adult CDs are assigned a color code. See instructions:  CD COLOR CODES  plus an accession number

Juvenile CDs are assigned only an accession number.

 

The accession number is assigned as new titles are added to the catalog. For each new title, the copy cataloger should open the shared spreadsheet at  (CDList.xls)  and assign the next number. All future copies of that title (bibliographic record) will receive the same accession number.

 

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

CD BLACK 8885

CD BLUE 1066

CD RED 1055

CD ORANGE 2846

JUV CD 5592

JUV CD 7200

LOCAL HISTORY CD GREEN 16291

CD-ROM

Used for adult, juvenile, and young adult Computer Discs. 

  

Example Call Numbers:

 

CD-ROM 005.3 AT&T

JUV CD-ROM 372.65 JUMPSTA

JUV CD-ROM PIGLETS 

YOUNG ADULT CD-ROM PANTS

CIRC/REF Used for items housed in the Reader's Service departmental library.  Used only when specifically requested.

Example Call Numbers:

CIRC/REF 016.813 HERA

CLASSIC

Used for materials located in special collections at the Valley Community Library and Taylor Community Library. Used only with YOUNG ADULT age and only when specifically requested.

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

YOUNG ADULT CLASSIC STEINBE

YOUNG ADULT CLASSIC 814.54 UPDIKE
 

COMPLAB

Used for books housed in the Computer Lab.  Used only when specifically requested.

 

Example call number:

 

COMPLAB 005.75 MICROSO

DIGITAL AUDIO BOOK Used for digital audio books available from the Overdrive and Recorded Books services. Bibliographic records are provided by the vendor. The call number is constructed via the bibload report. No cutters are assigned. For non-fiction titles, no Dewey numbers are assigned.

Example call number:

DIGITAL AUDIO BOOK

 

DVD

Used for feature & non-feature DVDs, both adult & juvenile.   Not used for YOUNG ADULT.

 

Non-feature DVDs (such as documentaries, music videos, or travel programs) are assigned a Dewey classification number. 

Feature DVDs are not assigned a Dewey classification.

 

The cutter is usually the first seven letters of the first word of the title (MARC tag 245). See [CUTTER] for details.

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

DVD ADVENTU

DVD 940.542 D-DAY (PART 1 OF2)

DVD 960 WONDERS

JUV DVD 973.8 RECONST

JUV DVD ALIEN

LOCAL HISTORY DVD 027.4 BOOKS

EASY

Used for books meant to be read to a child; primarily picture books and very easy books that are not considered Readers. Used only for JUV age.

 

If the item is pictorial and very easy, it should be given this collection code.

 

NOT used when a Dewey number is assigned. There is no Juv Easy non-fiction collection.

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

JUV EASY BELL

JUV EASY ANDERSO

FICTION

Used for regular print fiction books and short story collections that do not fall into the Mystery, Western, or Science Fiction categories. 

 

FICTION is used only for Adult fiction.  Young adult & Juvenile fiction is constructed as AGE + CUTTER (e.g.; JUV WILDER, YOUNG ADULT TWAIN)

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

FICTION HIGHSMI

FICTION LECARRE

FICTION BEST 1950

GENEALOGY

Used for items related to research of ancestors.  Used only when specifically requested.  This is a  special collection at the Albright Memorial Library.

 

Example call number:

GENEALOGY 929.1 JORDAN

GENEALOGY 929.373 SCHAEFE

GENEALOGY 929.6 GRANT

GRAPHIC Used for Graphic Novels.

Example call number:

JUV GRAPHIC JONES
GRAPHIC 973 UNITED
YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC JONES

 

ILL

Used for items housed in the ILL departmental library. Used only when specifically requested.

 

Example call number:

ILL 027.073 AMERICA

JUV PROF/COL

Used for Library Science books kept in the Children's Library. Use only when specifically requested.

 

Example call number:

JUV PROF/COL 021.8 SUMMARY

KIT

Used for book / audiocassette or book / compact disc combos. Generally used for JUV age. However, the following libraries use this for adult combos:

Abington

Taylor

Valley

 

For all other libraries, they are assigned the collection code TALKING BOOKS.

 

IMPORTANT: For juvenile kits packaged in book-like formats, a library may opt to interfile the item with their juvenile fiction collection. In this case, the Collection Code should be assigned as if the item were a book (e.g.; JUV FROST). However, the Item Type will always be KIT-JUV.

 

Qualifiers are attached only if the format is CD. See [Qualifier] for additional instructions.

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

J/KIT LEWIS

J/KIT LEWIS (DISC)

J/KIT 394.26 DICKINS

J/KIT 394.26 DICKINS (DISC)

KIT 782.42 SANDERS (DISC)

KIT EASY

Used for kits at the EASY level (see EASY above).  Used only for JUV Age.  Should be consistent with the collection code for the Book-only items of the same title.

 

Qualifiers are attached only if the format is CD or DVD.  See [Qualifier] for additional instructions.

 

Example Call Numbers: 

J/KIT EASY HOUK

J/KIT EASY HOUK (DISC)

 

LARGE TYPE

 

Used for large print non-fiction books.

 

Used for large print fiction books or collections of stories that do not fall into the Mystery, Western, or Science Fiction categories. FICTION is not used with Large Print.

 

Symphony should be checked for the regular print version since the Dewey numbers and genre types of the Large print should be the same as the regular print.

 

 

 

Example Call Number:

LARGE TYPE AKERS

LARGE TYPE BERRY

LARGE TYPE 917.404 BRYSON

LARGE TYPE 92 CLINTON

LARGE TYPE MYS

Large print fiction books, or collections of stories, that are Mysteries. [See Fiction Genres]  

 

Example Call Number:

LARGE TYPE MYS DOYLE

LARGE TYPE MYS BRAUN

 

LARGE TYPE SCI/FI

Large print fiction books, or collection of stories,  that are Science Fiction. [See Fiction Genres]

 

Example Call Number:

LARGE TYPE SCI/FI ASIMOV

LARGE TYPE SCI/FI BRADBUR

 

LARGE TYPE WEST

Large print fiction books, or collections of stories,  that are Westerns. [See Fiction Genres]    

 

Example Call Number:

LARGE TYPE WEST LAMOUR

LARGE TYPE WEST RAND

 

LOCAL HISTORY

Used for Pennsylvania history items. Used only when specifically requested.

 

Example call numbers:

LOCAL HISTORY 92 COHEN

LOCAL HISTORY 282.748 SAINT

 

 

LOCAL HISTORY BIOGRAPHY

LOCAL HISTORY BUILDINGS

LOCAL HISTORY GENERAL

Used for Local History vertical files which are  files of newspaper clippings pertaining to Lackawanna County. The cutter is the subject subset (Biography, Buildings, Business, etc) + title of the file (MARC tag 245).

Example call numbers:

LOCAL HISTORY  BUILDING BOSAK

LOCAL HISTORY BIOGRAPHY ALBRIGHT

LOCAL HISTORY BUSINESS BOSCOV

LOCAL HISTORY GENERAL FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

 

MAGAZINE Used for circulating issues of serials.

Example call number:

MAGAZINE LADIES JULY 2004

MAGAZINE MENS HEALTH JAN/FEB 2004

JUV MAGAZINE BABYBUG JAN 2004

 

MASTERFILE PREMIER

Used for electronic formats of Ebscohost titles that correspond to titles available through Power Library.  No cutter is assigned. Each call number has only one "dummy" copy with an automatic item id rather than a real barcode.

 

These titles are updated monthly.

 

Example call number:

MASTERFILE PREMIER

 

MYS

Used for regular print books or collection of stories that are Mysteries. [See Fiction Genres] 

 

Example call number:

MYS BRAUN

JUV MYS KEENE

YOUNG ADULT MYS BLACK

NEWSPAPER Used for reference (non-circulating) newspapers.  No cutter is assigned. The call number has only one "dummy" copy  used for the serials control checkin process.

PARENTS SHELF

Used for books about parenting.  Use only when specifically requested.

 

Example call number:

PARENTS SHELF 649.1 STANDAR

PARENTS SHELF 011.62 NEWBERY

 

PARENTS SHELF BLU-RAY Used for Blu-Ray's about parenting.  Use only when specifically requested.

Example call number:

PARENTS SHELF BLU-RAY 371.9 HOW

 

PARENTS SHELF DVD Used for DVD's about parenting.  Use only when specifically requested.

Example call number:

PARENTS SHELF DVD 371.9 HOW

 

PARENTS SHELF VIDEO Used for VHS tapes about parenting.  Use only when specifically requested.

Example call number:

PARENTS SHELF VIDEO 371.9 HOW

PERIODICAL Used for reference (non-circulating) serials. No cutter is assigned. The call number has only one "dummy" copy  used for the serials control checkin process.

PROF/COL

Used for Library Science books kept in the Director’s Office at Albright. Use only when specifically requested.

 

Example call number:

PROF/COL 021.8 SUMMARY

PROF/COL VIDEO

Used for Library Science videos kept in the Director’s office. Use only when specifically requested.

 

Example:

PROF/COL VIDEO 658.3 HAYDEN

PROF/COL VIDEO 021.82 BOARD (PART1 OF3)

PROF/COL DVD

Used for Library Science videos kept in the Director’s office. Use only when specifically requested.

 

Example:

PROF/COL DVD 658.3 HAYDEN

PROF/COL DVD 021.82 BOARD (PART1 OF3)

RARE BOOK Used for rare or valuable books kept in the Director's Office at Albright.  Use only when specifically requested.   [This collection has been static for years.]

READER

Used for books meant for a child who is a beginning reader to read to him/herself.  Used only for the JUV Age.  Any book that labels itself as “Reader,” whether fiction or non-fiction, is designated JUV READER. Non-fiction titles are always assigned a Dewey number.

 

“Chapter books” are NOT “Readers”

 

Example Call Numbers:

 

JUV READER ADDISON

JUV READER THOMPSON

JUV READER 650.14 CURTIS

 

SCI/FI

Used for regular print books or collections of stories that are Science Fiction. [See Fiction Genres]   

 

Example Call Number:

SCI/FI ASARO

SCI/FI ZAHN

JUV SCI/FI APPLEGA

YOUNG ADULT SCI/FI APPLEGA

STORY HOUR

Used for materials consulted by library staff to prepare or present story hours. This is mostly, but not always, juvenile materials.  Used only when specifically requested.

 

Example Call Number:

STORY HOUR SMITH

STORY HOUR 372 PRESCHO

 

TALKING BOOKS

Used for talking book fiction that does not fall into the Mystery, Western, or Science Fiction categories.  FICTION is not used for talking books.

 

Used for non-fiction talking books. 

 

Used for both cassette and compact disc formats.  Talking books in disc format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (DISC). Talking books on disc in the MP3 format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (MP3). Talking books in the Playaway format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (PA).

 

Example call number:

TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY

TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY (DISC)

TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY (MP3)

TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY (PA)

TALKING BOOKS 945.5 MAYES

TALKING BOOKS 945.5 MAYES (DISC)

TALKING BOOKS 945.5 MAYES (MP3)

TALKING BOOKS 945.5 MAYES (PA)

TALKING BOOKS MYS

Used for Talking Books that are Mysteries. [See Fiction Genres]

 

Used for both cassette and compact disc formats.  Talking books in disc format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (DISC). Talking books on disc in the MP3 format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (MP3). Talking books in the Playaway format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (PA).

 

 

Example call number:

TALKNG BOOKS MYS BRAUN

TALKING BOOKS MYS BRAUN (DISC)

TALKING BOOKS MYS BRAUN (MP3)

TALKING BOOKS MYS BRAUN (PA)

TALKING BOOKS SCI/FI

Used for Talking Books that are Science Fiction. [See Fiction Genres]

 

Used for both cassette and compact disc formats.  Talking books in disc format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (DISC). Talking books on disc in the MP3 format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (MP3). Talking books in the Playaway format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (PA).

 

 

Example call number:

TALKING BOOKS SCI/FI ASIMOV

TALKING BOOKS SCI/FI ASIMOV (DISC)

TALKING BOOKS SCI/FI ASIMOV (MP3)

TALKING BOOKS SCI/FI ASIMOV (PA)

TALKING BOOKS WEST

Used for Talking Books that are Westerns. [See Fiction Genres]

 

Used for both cassette and compact disc formats.  Talking books in disc format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (DISC). Talking books on disc in the MP3 format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (MP3). Talking books in the Playaway format are distinguished by the QUALIFIER (PA).

 

 

Example call number:

TALKING BOOKS WEST LAMOUR

TALKING BOOKS WEST LAMOUR (DISC)

TALKING BOOKS WEST LAMOUR (PA)

TECH SERVS

Used for books housed in the Technical Services departmental library. Used only when specifically requested.

 

Example call number:

TECH SERVS 025.32 ANGLO

TECH SERVS DVD Used for videocassettes housed in the Technical Services departmental library  Used only when specifically requested.

Example call numbers:

TECH SERVS DVD 025.7 KAPCO

TECH SERVS VIDEO Used for videocassettes housed in the Technical Services departmental library  Used only when specifically requested.

Example call numbers:

TECH SERVS VIDEO 025.7 KAPCO

VERTFILE

Used for the General and Geographic vertical files located in the Reference collection and sometimes for specific items located in those files. Used only when specifically requested.

 

 The Cutter is the title of the vertical file.

 

Example call numbers:

VERTFILE AGED

VERTFILE BULGERIA

 

VIDEO

Used for VHS videocassettes, adult or JUV age. Not used for YOUNG ADULT. 

 

Only non-feature videos (such as documentaries, music videos, or travel programs) are assigned a Dewey classification number. 

 

Example call numbers:

VIDEO FUNNY

VIDEO 001.942 UFOS

JUV VIDEO STONE

JUV VIDEO 92 COLUMBU

 

WEB

Used for Web pages.  The bibliographic records link to internet sites selected by the Albright Reference Department.  No cutter is assigned.  The call number has only one "dummy" copy with an automatic item id rather than a real barcode.

 

Example call number:

WEB

 

WEST

Used for regular print books, or collections of stories,  that are Westerns. [See Fiction Genres]  

  

Example Call Numbers:

 

WEST CHAPPEL

WEST KING

JUV WEST PAULSEN

YOUNG ADULT WEST JAMES

[None]

No collection code is used for adult nonfiction items or JUV and YOUNG ADULT age fiction items. 

 

Adult nonfiction items are assigned only a Dewey number and a Cutter. 

 

JUV and YOUNG ADULT age fiction items are assigned only a Cutter.

 

Example Call Numbers:

001.942 LARKINS

JUV SMITH

YOUNG ADULT KEENER

 

 

[DEWEY] Dewey Decimal Classification is used for all non-fiction material with these exceptions:

 

TYPE OF MATERIAL

CLASSIFICATION

Government Documents SuDoc classification
Vertical files Not classified
Periodicals Not classified
Ejournals Not classified
Esources Not classified
Digital Audio Books Not classified

 

Dewey classification must be uniform for all call numbers attached to the same record and for all records that are formats of the same title. 

 

Example:   Bob Woodward's "Plan of attack" 

     973.931 WOODWAR   (regular print book)

    TALKING BOOKS 973.931 WOODWAR (talking book - sound cassettes)

    TALKING BOOKS 973.931 WOODWAR (DISC)  (talking book - sound discs)

    LARGE TYPE 973.931 WOODWAR  (large print book)

 

 

 

Dewey classification is assigned based on OCLC suggested numbers (MARC tag 082 or 092) except when local practice differs. (See “special Dewey numbers” below.If no number is suggested, search Symphony for the same subject heading or connect to WebDewey.  

 

Special Dewey numbers:

 

Topic

Number Used

Art - emphasis on artist's technique or collection of works rather than personal life Prefer Dewey number in art area rather than 92 but cutter by artist's surname.

759.4 MONET

759.13 HOMER

Auto Repair Manuals - Chilton's

629.287

Atlases Atlases should be classified in their general subject area and not in 911 except for atlases for current atlases with broad geographical coverage.
Biographies - Individual 92 or Subject area

Biographies of famous individuals are classified as 92 if the person is of general interest (e.g.; Presidents, statesmen, billionaires, movie stars, sports heroes, historical figures, etc.) AND the book deals with the person's life in general (e.g.; personal & public, childhood & adulthood).  [Cutter by person's surname.]

If the person is of general interest, but the book deals with only one aspect of the person's life (e.g.; presidential histories covering only actions in office or books about an artist that emphasize his/her techniques and works rather than his/her personal life), class in the subject area rather than 92. 

If the person is not of general interest & the subject area is the main thrust of the book (e.g.; personal accounts of medical conditions/treatments, wars and catastrophes, or travel adventures), class in the subject area rather than 92.

Biographies - 2 people See Biographies - Individual
Biographies - collective 920-928 or Subject area

Collection of  three or more  biographies in one volume. If it is organized for easy access, such as chapters devoted to specific famous individuals, it should be classed in the 920s.  Collective biographies could be 925, 927 etc. depending on the subject area.  Examples:  923 for economists or businessmen ; 925 for scientists ; 927 for musicians or artists.

Use 920 if it is a collection of general biographies covering multiple subject areas

If three or more people are subjects, but their life stories are intertwined and the subject is the main thrust of the book, class in the subject area rather than 920s.

     

 

Chicken soup.. titles

158.1

Child rearing - special aspects

 

Carry beyond 649.1 

Examples: 649.122 - Newborns ;  649.125 Adolescence ; 649.133  Parenting girls ; 649.144 twins 

 

Civil Service materials

351.3 rather than subject area

Computer books

Prefer 004-006 range., rather than 650s

 

Example: a book about Microsoft Word should be classed in 005.369 (specific computer programs) rather than 652.5 (word processing).

Description & Travel: Pennsylvania

 917.4836 - Lackawanna County

 917.4837 - Scranton

 917.48  - Pennsylvania (general)

 

Drama Plays and collections of plays are classified as literature.

812 (American) , 822 (English), etc.

Essays Essays and collections of essays are classified as literature.

814 (American), 824 (English), etc.

Fairy Tales, Folklore (picture books)

JUV 398.2 rather than Juv Easy

 

If a picture book has a tracing for fairy tales or folklore and a suggested Dewey number of 398.2, it should be classified even if it is designated [E]. 

Fiction - history & criticism Books about fiction should be classified as literature with the writer’s (not the critic’s) name as the cutter.

Examples:

813.4 TWAIN

823.7 AUSTEN

 

Legal resources – including  reference, circulating, and Law Library materials

 

Emphasize the type of law rather than the geographic area. [The exceptions are general books such as Purdon’s Pennsylvania  or United States code.]    

 

If a Dewey number is given, drop the 73 (United States) or 748 following the decimal point and keep the numbers that follow. 

 

 

Examples:

 

Every landlord’s legal guide

Suggested Dewey:  346.7304/34

Our number:  346.0434 

 

Patent it yourself

Suggested Dewey:  346.730486

Our number:  346.0486

 

Prenuptial agreements

Suggested Dewey: 346.7301/662

Our number:  346.0166

 

If only an LC number is given, use the Conversion tables (TS 025.431 CONVERS VOL.1) to find the Dewey number. Then check for a 73 or 748 and follow the same procedure as above.

 

Murders - account of real murder 364.1523 rather than 92
Murders - legal aspects - account of trial 340s

Music

See document DDC for Music

Phonics 372.46
Poetry Poetry and collections of poetry are classified as literature.

811 (American) , 821 (English) , etc.

Resumes

650.14

Saints - Christian / Catholic - Individual

92

Cutter is 7 letters of name of the Saint

Saints - Christian / Catholic - Collective 282.092

Travel / accommodations

913-917 rather than 647

 

Example:  A Guide to hotels in the United States should be classed as 917.3 rather than 647.947 ; a guide to bed & breakfasts in Europe would be 914 rather than 647.944.

 

Juvenile Non-fiction. All Juvenile non-fiction is assigned a Dewey classification unless it is extremely simple. If it is too simple for classification, it is given a plain JUV EASY call number.  We do not have a JUV EASY non-fiction collection.


[CUTTER].  Most call numbers include a 7-letter “cutter” which is usually the first seven letters of the author’s surname as in MARC tag 100.  In the absence of a personal author, the cutter is based on the main entry which may be a corporate name or the title itself [MARC tags 110, 245]. The "author" in tag 100 may be an illustrator or photographer which is acceptable. Follow the form of name in the MARC record, which is authority-controlled,  rather than on the item itself.

 

Exceptions are listed in the chart below:

 

Art - study of an artist's work First 7 letters of the surname of the artist who is the subject of the work MARC tag 600
Biographies - Individuals First 7 letters of the surname of the biographee  MARC tag 600
Biographies - Two people First 7 letters of the surname of the most prominent biographee ; or, if of equal importance, the first listed . MARC tag 600
Fiction - history & criticism (specific author or title) First 7 letters of the surname of the author who is the subject of the work (not the critic) MARC tag 600
Local history vertical file Subject subset + title  
Magazines Title MARC tag 245
Numbers Numerals are spelled out to form the cutter.

Example:  ONE instead of 1 ; TWO instead of 2000 ; TWENTY instead of 20

 
Series (Juvenile) Ordering agency decides if the item should be shelved as part of a series. If so, SE will appear in places 3 and 4 of the purchase order / cart name (e.g.; ABSE091207BT).

MARC tag 800, 830, 440, 490

 

St. SAINT Spell out the abbreviation
Videos - Features First 7 letters of the title  - skip introductory words preceding the title MARC tag 245

 

[None] Compact discs (music) ; Ejournals (Ebscohost) ; Web pages  

 

[QUALIFIER] Qualifiers are added at the end of the call number / cutter to describe the specific volume or format.

 

Qualifier

Notes

(BKLT)

Added for important booklets that accompany CD-ROMs or compact discs or Talking Books. Used for booklets that are mentioned in the bibliographic record (MARC tag 300 and/or 500) and whose loss would hamper use of main item.

 

CD WHITE 4655 (BKLT)

JUV CD-ROM 948 VIKINGS (BLKT)

TALKING BOOKS 468.3 SPANISH (BKLT)

 

(DISC)

Added for Talking books or kits.

 

Examples:

 

TALKING BOOKS MYS BRAUN (DISC)

KIT 782.42 SANDERS (DISC)

JUV TALKING BOOKS 782.42 SANDERS (DISC)

 

 

(MP3) Added for Talking Books on disc in MP3 format.

Examples:
TALKING BOOKS MYS BRAUN (MP3)

 

(PA) Added for Talking Books in Playaway format.

Example:
TALKING BOOKS MYS BRAUN (PA)

(PART# OF #)

Added for a set of videos or talking books that have separate packaging but belong together on the shelf.

 

Examples:

 

VIDEO 782.62 AMERICA (PART1 OF4)

VIDEO 782.62 AMERICA (PART2 OF4)

VIDEO 782.62 AMERICA (PART3 OF4)

VIDEO 782.62 AMERICA (PART4 OF4)

 

DVD 92 LINCOLN (PART1 OF2)

DVD 92 LINCOLN (PART2 OF2)

 

TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY (PART1 OF3)

TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY (PART2 OF3)

TALKING BOOKS TOLSTOY (PART3 OF3)

VOL. #

Added to call numbers of multi-part items like encyclopedias when the volumes are “added” to the same bib record. Vol. is NOT enclosed by parentheses.

 

Examples:

REF 032 NEW VOL.1

REF 032 NEW VOL.2

    

031 WORLD VOL.15

031 WORLD VOL.16

 

YEAR

 

YEAR & VOL.

 

EDITION

Added to call numbers of “annuals” or "continuations"  if the bibliographic record is a serial record.  A year may include more than one volume.   Year is NOT enclosed by parentheses.

 

Examples:

REF 031 WORLD 1963

REF 031 WORLD 1964

REF 031 WORLD 1984

 

REF 332.6 MERGENT 2002

REF 305 STATESM 2003

 

REF 917.3 FODORS 18TH ED.

 

TECH SERVS 025.4 LIBRARY 2004 VOL.1

[None] Materials that don't fit the criteria listed above.