[PW] LC for the masses?
T. F. Mills
phasco at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 5 03:18:44 PST 2021
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When you say "the LC code," I assume you mean "an LC class number." For a small library of a few hundred volumes, the upper level class (1-3 letters) should be sufficient(unless everything you have is narrowly focused in one area.)
A library classification needs to work for its intended clientele -- you. The call number you find in CIP or Worldcat is merely a "suggestion," the one assigned by LC for its needs. Many books can logically be shelved in two or more places. Pick the best for you and your collection. For example, does a book on Trumpism as a religious cult go in religion, politics, or US history? You get to choose. (You might find Worldcat scattering such books, and you might want to keep them together.)
I have several thousand volumes, and I use modified LCC. There are bits of LCC that I don't like or find ambiguous / inadequate, so I make up my own. For example, "AZD. Pseudo-history" and "AZQ. Pseudo-science" in order to shelve them next to the standard "AZ. Errors & Fallacies." (Meanwhile logical fallacies stay in "BC. Logic," which is essentially the difference between theory and practice.)
I don't deface books with spine labels. Rather, I make shelf labels (as in those examples, at least one per shelf.) I also keep a simple acquisitions spreadsheet which doubles as an LCC locator (not to mention author catalogue, etc.) because I do forget where I have put things. This whole system is also convenient for making changes whenever I change my mind about the most useful location for a book, or for breaking out a whole new section.
Good luck on your project. Keep it simple.
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