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Wed, Dec. 11th, 2013, 02:08 pm
ginger_doe: Cataloging Question

So I have this book that has a call number that when we look it up at other libraries it doesn't match. Not only does it not match but every library we check it has a different call number for this book. Cataloging was never my strong suit so please let me know what you think. Thanks a bunch! photo 1
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Thu, Dec. 12th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)

The HD6950.5.A7 number *looks* right, but looking in Classification Web, that call number isn't even represented. I think it's an obsolete call number. Instead I'd go with HD8653.5 E38 1972 for the call number - for general works on labor relations in Asia after 1945.

That HD7049 number is really odd - at least in the most up-to-date version of the LC classification scheme, it refers to the cost and standard of living in Iraq. I have a feeling that when the book was cataloged, that call number meant something other than what it means today. The classification schemes are revised periodically.

Thu, Dec. 12th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)

Yeah, good point--I didn't have Class Web to look at when I did this, and I was using an old printed version of the LC tables (which desperately needs to be recycled and replaced). I should've mentioned the whole obsolete issue, too. I almost never deal with older books, so it didn't cross my mind.