[PW] Another question about shelving books

Bill Fischer wtfischer9 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 13:52:06 PST 2021


I think that you are correct.

   1. The Elephant
   2. Elle and the Zebra
   3. Elle Elephant
   4. Elle the Aardvark

Thanks.

Bill Fischer

On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 4:50 PM Jill Weber <jilldweber at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi again!
>
> Thank you all for answering my Dewey Decimal question! I now have a
> question about shelving titles alphabetically. I've been doing research,
> but I'm still uncertain. I know that articles (The, An, A) are ignored when
> they're at the *beginning *of a title. So: "The Elephant" is treated as
> "Elephant, The."
>
> I don't *think *I ignore articles in the middle. So:
> "Elle the Aardvark" would come *after *"Elle Elephant" because "the" goes
> after "elephant".
>
> I also think that use *all* the words when I file. So:
> "Elle and the Zebra" would go *before *"Elle Elephant" because "and" goes
> before "elephant."
>
> Assuming that these titles are all by the same author, I believe the shelf
> should read:
>
>    1. The Elephant
>    2. Elle and the Zebra
>    3. Elle Elephant
>    4. Elle the Aardvark
>
> I'm worried about this because the library I work at has been closed
> for renovations since before COVID. We've rearranged all the sections and
> we're now shelving everything. I want to be sure I get my section done
> perfectly!
>
> Thank you in advance for your advice!
>
> Jill Weber
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