From Wednesday, 3 June 2009, the AMC Library will begin changing the shelving arrangement of its collections to the Library of Congress classification system. This means books will have their shelf numbers changed from the decimal style (example: 333.956/56) to the alphabetic style (example: SH 328 .W35 2004). Books on the same topic will appear in a new location on the shelves.
The advantages are:
• Accurate call number details on the library catalogue • Matching call number details for subjects between AMC Library collections (such as books, print serials, audiovisual)
• Matching call number details to similar collections in Hobart branch libraries
• Easier to locate items on the shelves We expect to take 3 weeks in the reclassification of the collections. We apologise for any disruption that will occur during this time.
Ian Bollard – AMC Librarian
The AMC Library houses a collection of recreational fiction available for
loan to all UTAS staff and students. This collection supports many of our
students that who live on-campus for short periods of time and desire some light reading. UTAS staff in Launceston are also becoming aware of this
The collection is searchable via the UTAS Library catalogue in
many ways. If you are not based at the AMC or Launceston Campuses, you can
request items via the Library’s Item Request forms.
1. Browsing a list of titles.
From the Library catalogue, choose the Dewey Call Number search option.
Type in the code p/back as your search term.
2. Subject searching the collection.
Most catalogue entries have subject headings. Choose the Subject Keyword or
the General Keyword option. Type in your topic or Genre, and add the word
fiction to your topic. If you get too many results, you can limit the
search to the library location AMC from the Limit By dropdown menu.
3. Search under the Author’s Name or Title of work.
I am Ian Bollard and I have started an 18 month secondment as the AMC Librarian. I come to the AMC Library with a background of providing information and liaison services recently in the sciences at the Launceston Campus Library and previously in other disciplines such as business. In the darkest past I worked at the Bureau of Meteorology library in Melbourne. I hope to complete my studies in the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching this year. I am committed to improving the learning opportunities in information skills so staff and students can become independent researchers. I am keen to demonstrate the services and resources available to staff and students. It is an interesting fact that the AMC Library has the next largest number of loans behind the bigger libraries of the Launceston Campus and Morris Miller Libraries. If you are in the vicinity, please drop by the AMC Library and say hello to Michelle and Ian.