Catalogging a Collection of Books

February 5, 2014 § 1 Comment

Professional Practice

When a collection of books is big enough to become a library, it is helpful to catalog it.

  • Organise into fiction, non-fiction
  • Assign each category of books a letter
  • Identify each book by title, author, publisher and location
  • Check the bibliography in one of the books to use as a model
  • A print out will become useful to note where each category lies
  • Write or input the data
  • Alphabetise the data
  • Use a computer
  • Once the catalog is there, making an update will be a simple alteration
  • Check professional sources
  • Be thorough – there is no such thing as too much information. The process of assembling a catalog of your personal library is methodical

Libraries catalog their books by the following methods:

Author, Title, Keyword, Class, Series, ISBN Number, Dewey Decimal system

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