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1 Shelving Music Scores Music Library East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858

2 LC Call Number System The Music Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) call number system to shelve print items such as music scores and books. For this particular tutorial we will only concentrate on shelving scores, which file into class “M” of the LC system.

3 M “M” tells you that this item is printed music or a score.

4 M23 The number found after the general subject heading of “M”, breaks down the subject area even more. So far the call number tells us that we have a piece of printed music that is a piano sonata.

5 M23B414 The third line of the call number is called the Cutter. The Cutter number is named after its creator: Charles Ammi Cutter. The Cutter represents a name or title. In this case: B414 = Beethoven. This score is a piano sonata by Beethoven.

6 More on the “Cutter”… Cutter numbers will always have the same format: A single capital letter followed by a number: C4, B13, G42, etc. The number is always read decimally. C49 comes before C5 (.49 is less than.5) B414 comes before B42 (.414 is less than.42) It may help you to imagine a zero at the end of the shorter numbers: B414 comes before B420

7 Ordering Cutter numbers decimally… MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM B134B2B39B4B5 Remember, you can add zeros if it helps….134 then.200 then.390 then.400 then.500

8 More decimals… MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM C13C13C13C13 F5F51F597F6 Adding zeros….500 then.510 then.597 then.600

9 The fourth line of the call number can be another Cutter, or it can be any number of other things that we call “additional elements.” M23B414C7

10 Additional Elements… Additional elements give you even more information about an item. Shelve the additional elements in alphabetical order. Shelve dates in numerical order after the alphabetical sequence Any numbers associated with additional elements are read as WHOLE numbers. op. 17BWV 109 no. 3 W. 23K v. 1v. 2 c. 2

11 An example of additional elements in whole number order. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM B16B16B16B16 BWV 11BWV 102BWV 124S. 12 C W z

12 Another example… MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM B1133B1133B1133B1133B1133 ser. 1ser. 1ser. 2ser. 2ser. 2 v. 3v. 4v. 5v. 5v. 5 c. 2c. 3 of putting additional elements in whole number order.

13 Yet another example… MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM B16B16B16B16B16 BWV 106BWV 106BWV 106BWV 106BWV 106 no. 1no of putting additional elements in whole number order.

14 A few definitions… op. = Opus number A number assigned to a musical composition A number assigned to a musical composition no. = Serial number Indicates the order of composition and/or publication Indicates the order of composition and/or publication 1923 = Date of publication Often the last element in the call number Often the last element in the call number

15 Thematic Index Number A unique number assigned by the compiler of a thematic index to each composition in the index. A unique number assigned by the compiler of a thematic index to each composition in the index. Examples: BWV 100; W. 23; D. 759; K. 36 So what is a thematic index? A list of all the compositions by a particular composer. The person compiling the list will usually assign a unique number to each piece. Sometimes it is easier to identify a piece by its thematic index number when searching the library catalog.

16 Just a few more… v. = volume A large work may be broken down into separate, smaller books or scores. Each one of these items would be a volume. A large work may be broken down into separate, smaller books or scores. Each one of these items would be a volume. c. = copy If the library has multiple copies of the same item, the call number will indicate which copy it is. If the library has multiple copies of the same item, the call number will indicate which copy it is.

17 Take Note! MMMMMMMM B47B47 N8N Nothing comes before Something

18 Nothing comes before Something: another example… MMMMMMMM C12C12 op. 1

19 And one more… MMMMMMMM B414B414 op. 2op. 2 no. 1no. 1 c. 2

20 When shelving items with additional elements, the “Nothing before Something” rule becomes very important in a different way. All additional elements are considered “Nothing”. You would then consider Cutter numbers “Something”. MM 2323 B414B414 op. 27C7 no

21 Why are additional elements considered “nothing”? Additional elements are seen as extensions of the Cutter number immediately preceding them. You can look at it this way: Mcomes beforeM 2323 B414, op. 27, no. 2, 1983B414 C23

22 Nothing comes before Something MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM B414B414B414B414B414 op. 7op. 10op. 57C7H38 Notice how the additional elements come before the Cutter numbers. Also notice how the additional elements are filed in whole number order.

23 Another way to look at it… MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM B414, op. 7B414, op. 10B414, op. 57B414B414 C7H38 Nothing comes before Something

24 One more example… M M M M R63 R63 R63 R63 v. 1 v. 2 A13 A2 Nothing (additional elements)Something (Cutter no.’s) Whole number orderNumbers read decimally

25 Remember… a misshelved item, is a LOST item. Always ask a staff member if you need help shelving items in the library. Thank you.


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