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Book Class Scheme

  1. 1. Using the Library of Congress Call Number System: Locating books in ECI Library
  2. 2. LC Call # System: <ul><li>The book collection in the ECI Library utilizes the Library of Congress (LC) call number system ( Call #) </li></ul><ul><li>The LC call # is a combination of letters and numbers </li></ul>
  3. 3. The LC call # has two functions: <ul><ul><li>The combination of letters and numbers provides the shelf location of a book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It also signifies the main subject area of the book </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Shelf Location: <ul><li>Generally, a call # appears on the spine of a book </li></ul><ul><li>However, it can appear on the front cover of a book in the bottom left hand corner </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples of call #s : <ul><li>E PN TR </li></ul><ul><li>78 1995.9 647 </li></ul><ul><li>.N78 .A73 .C74 </li></ul><ul><li>M384 R87 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>2007 2006 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Call #s arranged on the shelf: <ul><li>Call #s are arranged alphabetically and numerically by the letters and numbers that comprise them. For example, call #s beginning with N precede those beginning with NA . </li></ul><ul><li>Example of the filing order within a specific call # range: </li></ul><ul><li>N is before NA </li></ul><ul><li>NA is before NB </li></ul><ul><li>NB is before NC </li></ul>
  7. 7. Locating and reading call #s on the shelf : <ul><li>On the shelf, the filing order of the books with the following N call #s would read in this sequence: </li></ul><ul><li>N N N N </li></ul><ul><li>72 72 72 72 </li></ul><ul><li>.T4 .T45 .T68 .T68 </li></ul><ul><li>W67 A86 U55 U57 </li></ul><ul><li>1992 2005 2005 1999 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Call #s and subject area categorization: <ul><li>The combination of letters and numbers in the call # signifies the main subject area, subdivision for that subject, most often the author’s name (the designated author code), and the publication date. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Call #s and subject area categorization: <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Reframing Art by Michael Carter and Adam Geczy </li></ul><ul><li>LC call # breakdown: </li></ul><ul><li>N Visual Arts, History of Art, Art Criticism (subject area) </li></ul><ul><li>71 Specific topic, time period or type of art </li></ul><ul><li>.C32 Artist or author code ( Carter from the above example) </li></ul><ul><li>2006 Year of publication </li></ul>
  10. 10. Call #s and subject area categorization: <ul><li>Books found within a specific call # range indicate that the books in that range have a similar subject designation </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>The ND call # range covers the following subjects: Painting (portraits, landscape, watercolor, murals) history of painting (includes topics on technique and materials) </li></ul>
  11. 11. If you don’t find the book you need, try the following: <ul><li>1. Recheck the call # in the ECI Library Catalogue (you may have written down the number incorrectly) </li></ul><ul><li>2. In the catalogue, also check the following in the item record: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is the book signed out? (Is there a due date provided?) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is the book a Reserve item? (All Reserve items are set aside on the shelf behind the Circulation Desk). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is the book a Reference item? (Reference books are library use only . The call # is preceded by REF ). The REF materials are located on the shelving bays near the public computer terminals. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Double check the book trolleys : trolleys are either located upstairs near the study rooms, or they can be found adjacent to the Circulation Desk </li></ul><ul><li>4. Fill out an ECI Library Search Form at the Circulation Desk </li></ul>