Our Catalogers maintain files in which they record the 2- to 4-letter code
that corresponds to a particular manufacturer (CG for Cinema Guild, BFI
for Bullfrog, KINO for Kino) followed by the next successive number. So
our next acquisitions from these three companies will look like this:
CG 148, CG 149, CG 150 . . .
BFI 097, BFI 098, BFI 099 . . .
KINO 143, KINO 144, KINO 145 . . .
Takes a little explaining to inquisitive and scandalized catalogers-to-be
from the Library School here (they even wrote a research paper about it
this past fall), but it actually works pretty well by my lights. Hope
Reference & Instruction Librarian
UW Anthropology/American Indian Studies Librarian
Head, UW Libraries Media Center
Odegaard Undergraduate Library
University of Washington, Seattle
On Fri, 12 Mar 2004, Catherine M. Von Elm wrote:
> Hello, all,
> We're looking to revise our call number scheme for a growing video collection at the University of
> Pennsylvania. We're considering going from LC call numbers (how many PN1997s can you shelve accurately?) to accession
> numbers. This is a closed stack collection, and I wanted to ask if anyone has any other clever call number schemes or
> simple filing/retrieval strategies.
> Thank you in advance for any and all comments.
> Cathy Von Elm
> Head of Circulation
> Van Pelt Library
> University of Pennyslvania
> Philadelphia, PA 19104
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