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### Shelving party power point

1. 1. Shelving Party How items are organized at The West Linn Public Library
2. 2. The Dewey Decimal System The basic thing to remember is this: File digit by digit—not by whole number. 451.042 GRA 451.1 THO 451.042 comes before 451.1 because 0 is smaller than 1.
3. 3. Like a mailman delivering mail to the right house, when we shelve books, it’s important that all items make it to the correct “address” on the shelf. Every book in the library is given a call number to serve as an address for locating the book on the shelf. Each call number is made up of the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Cutter letters. 451.1 THO Dewey Decimal Classification Cutter Letters
4. 4. The Dewey system has ten main classes, as shown: 000 Generalities 100 Philosophy and Psychology 200 Religion 300 Social Science 400 Language 500 Natural Science and Mathematics 600 Technology (Applied Sciences) 700 Arts 800 Literature 900 Geography and History Each of these classes has ten divisions. For example, the 800’s (Literature). 800 Literature & rhetoric 810 American literature in English 820 English & Old English literatures 830 Literatures of Germanic languages 840 Literatures of Romance languages 850 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic 860 Spanish & Portuguese literatures 870 Italic literatures Latin 880 Hellenic literatures Classical Greek 890 Literatures of other languages Each division is divided again into even more specific categories. For Example, the 820’s English and Old English literatures: 820 English & Old English literatures 821 English poetry 822 English drama 823 English fiction 824 English essays 825 English speeches 826 English letters 827 English satire & humor 828 English miscellaneous writings 829 Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Remember: The more numbers, the more specific the subject! Dewey Divisions
5. 5. Cutter Letters Four our library, the cutter letters for a book are usually the first three letters of the author’s last name 636.73 BEA Beauchamp, Richard G. Rottweilers for dummies 636.73 BOY Boyd, Lee. Canaan dog: a complete and reliable handbook 636.73 BRA Brace, Andrew H. Dog owner's guide to the boxer
6. 6. Ann Rule, for example, writes true crime books and has several under the call number 364.1523 RUL In this case, you would file the books under their titles within the call number 364.1523 RUL: 364.1523 RUL Rule, Ann Everything She Ever Wanted 364.1523 RUL Rule, Ann If You Really Loved Me 364.1523 RUL Rule, Ann Last Dance, Last Chance What if there are several works with the same call number by the same author? Call Number  Author  Title
7. 7. Shelving Rules Non-Fiction Dewey Number Author, Last Name Author, First Name Title Edition/Year? Volume Fiction Author, Last Name Author, First Name Title Biographies Subject, Last Name Subject, First Name Title Edition/Year Volume E Picture Books Author, Last Name Author, First Name Juvenile Fiction/ Teen Fiction Author, Last Name Author, First Name Title
8. 8. Articles Ignore the initial article (A, An, The) when it’s the first word in the title. Do not ignore the article when it comes after the first word. Example: The Complete Guide to Baking Complex Carbohydrates Complexities in Springtime Complexities in the Garden
9. 9. Nothing Comes Before Something A space is considered a stopping point in your alphabetizing. This rule is meant to simulate computer filing. A space is referred to as “nothing.” Word by Word -YES Letter by Letter -NO Book Book Book collecting Bookbinding Book of English essays Book collecting Book of famous ships Bookish Bookbinding Book of English essays
10. 10. Order of CharactersSpaces, dashes, hyphens, slashes, and periods all count as “nothing” so you apply our “Nothing Comes Before Something Rule”. Example: 34 Ways to Cook Asparagus 50/50 Gambling Statistics 60 Irish Short Stories A-5 Rocket Apples and Bananas All titles beginning with numbers are to be shelved before titles beginning with letters.
11. 11. Abbreviations are filed exactly as written. Example: ...et ce fut la guerre Et cetera; a collector's scrapbook Et in Arcadia ego Etc. Etch proofs
12. 12. Initials and Acronyms Initials and acronyms separated by spaces, dashes, hyphens, diagonal slashes, or periods are regarded as separate words. If the initials and acronyms are separated by other marks or symbols or are not separated at all, then they are regarded as single words. Example: I.R.E. P.G.C.S. IAMPA Symposium on Long-term... I***B IBM UFO Sightings Around the World
13. 13. Names and Prefixes A prefix part of the name of a person or place in a title is treated as a separate word, unless it is joined to the rest of the name directly, or by an apostrophe without a space. This rule applies to titles only, not an author’s last name. Example: Le Guin would be filed as if the space was not there or LeGuin. Sir George Reginald von Herringbone VI, esq.
14. 14. Shelving Areas Adult Fiction has 6 shelving areas: Mystery General Science Fiction Fantasy Romance Western
15. 15. Horror, Inspirational, NW Interest/Authors, and Christmas genres are all interfiled in General Fiction. Short Stories are filed at the beginning of each shelving area. Example: mystery short stories will be filed at the beginning of the mystery section. Short Stories Other Genres
16. 16. Oversized All oversized books are shelved together after biographies and before general fiction. Most are nonfiction and biographies.
17. 17. In the large print area, all genres are interfiled.
18. 18. Foreign Language All foreign language materials are shelved in the nonfiction section. This includes DVD’s, CD audiobooks, etc.
19. 19. Large Easy Readers, which are designated by blue tape above the spine label, are shelved separately from other picture books in youth services. The blue tape trumps all other stickers. Youth Services
20. 20. Graphic Novels, Kids’ Books in Spanish, Parenting, and Board books all have their own sections in youth services. New Picture Books/New ER Fiction, and New J Fiction have their own sections and are NOT interfiled. Separate Sections
21. 21. E Nonfiction and J Nonfiction E Biographies and J Biographies J Primary Readers (Red Tape) and J Fiction New ENF and JNF, New Parenting, New Graphic Novels, New Bios are all interfiled within their respective sections Interfil ed In Youth Services
22. 22. How to Shelve a Book Check call numbers around the items being shelved If an area is too full for you to shelve properly, shift. Each shelf should have a bookend at the end of the row All items should be brought to the edge of the shelf (blocking) If you are not sure, ask! Do not guess.
23. 23. Keep an Eye Out For… • Books that fall behind the shelves • Books that have fallen on the floor • Piles of books left anywhere • Crowded shelves (you may need to shift) • The reshelving cart in youth services
24. 24. Keep the Library Clean • Items with spine labels that cannot be read should be given to Support Services • Items with damage (mold, mildew, insect, water) should be given to Support Services • Any loose papers or library items left at the end of a row or on the floor should be picked up • The general rule is: If it’s too gross for you to read in your bed, it shouldn’t be on the shelf.
25. 25. Pushing Carts The carts can get very heavy. Please push carts in front of you rather than pulling carts behind you. Take corners very slowly. This is for your safety.
26. 26. Shifting If a shelf is too full, you will need to shift. Shifting requires attention to detail as you think through the amount of space you have and keep the books in order as you adjust and move them. Please do not force a book onto a crowded shelf. If you do not have time to shift, let someone know that it needs to be done.
27. 27. Shelf Reading Shelf reading means reading every call number in an area to make sure everything is in the proper order. This ensures that the areas that are getting the most use are kept tidy and it’s a good way to find missing items. If there are no carts to shelve, shelf reading always needs to be done. There are logs near the staff mailboxes for keeping track of where you started and left off.
28. 28. Blocking Blocking is when you bring each book out to the edge of the shelf so that all the books are lined up and look neat and tidy. Most of the time, the shelf will not be blocked already when you begin shelving. It is your job to block while you shelve.
29. 29. Remember It’s better to shelve one cart correctly than ten carts quickly and incorrectly.