Learning to Read Call Numbers

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Learning to Read Call Numbers

  1. 1. Learning how to read call numbers
  2. 2. Lightning round!
  3. 3. <ul><li>Before we get started, keep this in mind … </li></ul><ul><li>In the Catalog , call numbers appear on one line, and are read left to right: </li></ul>In the book stacks , call numbers appear on the spine of books, and are read line by line from top to bottom. Smith HV 5135 .L43 2005
  4. 4. Let’s try some examples ...
  5. 5. <ul><li>Exercise 1 </li></ul><ul><li>You searched the Catalog, and found the book you want. </li></ul><ul><li>The location is: </li></ul><ul><li>Which floor would you go to get this book? </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the McKeldin Library Floor Plan. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Answer 5th floor, Stacks, GE70.B682 2001
  7. 7. Exercise 1 Here’s the shelf. Where is the book placed? GE 70.B682 2001 1 2 3 Yang GA Jones GH Okenda GN Sanchez GS
  8. 8. Answer GE 70.B682 2001 1 Alphabetically, GE comes after GA and before GH. Yang GA Jones GH Okenda GN Sanchez GS
  9. 9. Let’s try another one …
  10. 10. Exercise 2 Where is this book on the shelf? GN 141.T45 2002 1 2 3 Perez GN 13 Parker GN 138 Schuster GN 234 Wong GS 1401
  11. 11. Answer GN141.T45 2002 2 Numerically, GN “141” comes after 138 and before 234. Perez GN 13 Parker GN 138 Schuster GN 234 Wong GS 1401
  12. 12. … there’s just one more!
  13. 13. Exercise 3 Where is this book on the shelf? GV 682.F42 2001 2 3 4 1 5 Franks GV 682 .F312 Foudy GV 682 .F41 Fenwick GV 682 .F43 Fuko GV 682 .F449
  14. 14. Answer GV 682.F42 2001 3 .F42 comes after .F41 … and before .F43. Franks GV 682 .F312 Foudy GV 682 .F41 Fenwick GV 682 .F43 Fuko GV 682 .F449
  15. 15. <ul><li>Let’s review! </li></ul><ul><li>You read call numbers: </li></ul><ul><li>Alphabetically </li></ul><ul><li>(GA, GC, GN...) </li></ul><ul><li>Numerically </li></ul><ul><li>(GA141, GA237, GA1401...) </li></ul><ul><li>And as decimals </li></ul><ul><li>(GV682 . F41, GV682 . F42, GV682 . F43) </li></ul>
  16. 16. When finding a book … … bring a floor plan, and know in advance if the book is in Folio, Stacks, or somewhere else FOLIO STACKS
  17. 17. And … … when you’re at the book shelf … <ul><li>Read call numbers on book spines starting on the TOP shelf … </li></ul><ul><li>… then read left to right all the way DOWN a section of shelves. </li></ul>
  18. 18. We’re done! Good luck on safari!

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