Over the summer break, Launceston Campus Library staff will be changing the shelving arrangement of the Library’s collections, from the Dewey Decimal 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 will now be on the library catalogue. The process has meant a complete clean up of all of records for the Launceston collection. The process has also served as a stocktake, ensuring that any missing material is identified.
- Launceston will have the same classification system as all other UTAS libraries. The change was completed at the AMC Library in the middle of 2009 and at the Cradle Coast Campus in December.
- It will be easier to locate items on the shelves. The numbers are much shorter and in most cases, the call number label can now be attached to the spine, rather than the front of the book, making it easier to see when browsing.
- Library of Congress Classification provides a really specific number for specific topics, making the finding of more obscure research areas much easier. For this reason, it is used by many university and research libraries around the world.
Disruption to service will be kept to a minimum but if you do have any problems locating material, talk to one of our staff who will be happy to assist.
A guide to Library of Congress classification can be found under How books are arranged on the shelf at http://www.utas.edu.au/library/azindex.html#h
Wendy Hoyle, Launceston Campus Librarian