There is a standard for call number patterns. School libraries should mirror the public library as much as possible and use the Dewey Decimal System. We are providing our students with an opportunity to become lifelong learners. Lifelong learners use public or academic libraries. These call numbers are similar to those used by New York City public library systems. The Office of Library Services recommends the following as a default:
AUD = for cassettes or other audio materials
AV = for both audio and visual materials, especially the older formats, like slides, transparencies, filmstrips. If any of these materials are current enough to be retained in your library collection, use this call number prefix.
BIO = for individual biographies. Some may want to use 920s for collective biographies or put them in their Dewey subject category. NYC school libraries do not use 92 for individual biographies.
CD = for CD-ROM formats
DVD = for Digital Video Disc
Easy or E = for Easy Books or Early Readers. In elementary this is important. Middle and high schools may want to integrate these books into the regular collection using the appropriate call numbers to avoid insulting our struggling readers.
eBook = for electronic books
FIC = for fiction books
GN - for graphic novels followed by FIC for any books that do not have a true non-fiction number. Manga and comics would use this designation instead of 741.5 for simplification, so a manga book would be (GN FIC KIT). A nonfiction book on ancient civilizations would be (GN 937 FRA) while a biography would be (GB BIO KIN). All fiction, manga and comic titles would call under (GN FIC ABC)
KIT = for multiple formats in a box or bag
MAP = for map collections
MP3 = for electronic media in digital format
SC = for story collections
PIC = for picture books which are not always easy and may be in middle or high school collections
VID = for videos
Nonfiction books should be cataloged according to the Dewey Decimal system with the first three letters of author's last name.
Do not order Reference or Professional books. They are expensive and date easily!
Paperback books should be cataloged under their designated Dewey category (nonfiction, biography, fiction, etc.). Order KAPCO on all paperback books and only order paperback if no alternative is available.
Books in languages other than English should be classified under their Dewey number with the language as the prefix:
SPA = Spanish (ex. SPA FIC PER)
FRA = French
CHI = Chinese
ARA = Arabic
BEN = Bengali
HAI = Haitian Creole
KOR = Korean
RUS = Russian
URD = Urdu
JAP = Japanese