Friday, May 02, 2003

Book Numbers

William Denton, an MLS student, has written and posted a paper on book numbers.
I wrote this essay in February 2003 for a course in the theory of classification at the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. The introductory cataloguing course had, of course, covered Dewey and Library of Congress, but the details of book numbers were dismissed with a quick "and you can add on something to indicate what volume or copy it is." I wasn't clear on exactly what a book mark was, or a title mark or collection mark, and who said you could use them, and who made the rules. I wanted to know, so when I got the chance I wrote this ten-pager.

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