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ERIC Number: ED401912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 54
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Call Number Adjustment: The Effects on Browsability if No Adjustment Is Made.
Rodman, Ruey L.
In these times of tight budgets, libraries are seeking ways to cut costs, and one area being examined is book processing. This study assesses the impact on the organization of a library collection if the call number is not changed to fit into the shelf list sequence. The research questions examined are: "Is it necessary to adjust the book number to maintain alphabetic order of items within a class and, if not, how does this affect the call number display in an OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)?" Data were collected from books cataloged at a large, academic, research library that uses the Library of Congress Classification scheme. Three basic steps were used to analyze the sample: (1) a description of the type of copy used in book processing; (2) call number analysis to assess how many call numbers were changed; and (3) of those changed call numbers, how many would have been one, two, or three or more screens away if not changed. Results indicate that for this library's collection, 0.16% of total titles cataloged without call number review may not be easily found in the OPAC. The study shows that approximately 78% of the copy cataloged items fit into this library's collection without needing any call number adjustment. It showed that 21.9% of processed items required a call number adjustment but that for 83.5% of these titles the call number adjustment was so slight that the unchanged call number was on the same screen or the next screen in the OPAC display. Twelve tables present data and results. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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