# Cuttering LCCS Training Sessions OSU July 2007

### Cuttering

LCCS Training Sessions

OSU

July 2007

### Background and Definitions

Book number: A decimal number consisting of a letter of the alphabet followed by one or more digits that is appended to a class number in order to arrange material on the same subject in a specified order, usually alphabetically by author. Also called author number.

Charles Ammi Cutter (1837-1903) and the Two-Figure Author Table

### Example

Treasures of the Library of Congress /

Charles A. Goodrum . 1991 ed.

Call number: Z733.U58 G66 1991

Book number: G66 [for the author's surname

Goodrum]

### Use of the Cutter

The Cutter is the means by which books can be arranged alphabetically.

Arrangement is based on:

 the LC filing rules the Preferred Shelflist Order table

### Use of the Cutter (cont.)

Cutters are treated as decimal numbers

Allows for infinite expansion between any two numbers

Example:

.T3

.T46

.T57

.T585

.T59

.T7

Step 1: Find the filing position of the work

Search the class number in the online shelflist

Locate the proper location for the work to be shelflisted

Usually, works are shelflisted in alphabetical order by main entry

### Step 2: Cutter the main entry

Use LC’s Cutter table: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/053/table.html

Cutter consists of initial letter of main entry, capitalized

Then, using appropriate line in table, add numbers for

1, 2, or more letters

Examples: IBM - .I26

List - .L57

Quinn - .Q56

Schicht - .S35

### Special Cases

Treat initials with spaces and/or punctuation as separate words when filing

Treat acronyms and initials not separated in any way as single words

Example:

A.B.C atlas of Isle of Wight

A.W. Johnson enterprises

Aavik, Johannes

ABC health series

Afaisen, Johnny

AFL-CIO

American Philosophical society

### Cuttering Initial Numerals

Use Cutters .A12 - .A19 when cuttering

Roman or Arabic numerals (title main entry)

Choose a Cutter near the center of this range when it is the first Cutter for a numeral in the class

Example: 101 careers in mathematics

Call no.: QA10.5 .A15 1996

### Cuttering Example

Shelflist has:

Q387 .I59 2000 (main entry: International

Conference…)

Q387 .K563 1994 (main entry: Knowledge representation…)

Q387 .L37 1991 (main entry: Larsen, Thomas)

Work to be shelflisted: Part-whole reasoning in an object-centered framework / Patrick

Lambrix.

### Cuttering Example (cont.)

Lambrix:

L for initial letter

3 for “a”

6 for “m”

Cutter: L36

Will file between:

Q387 .K563 1994 (main entry: Knowledge representation…)

Q387 .L37 1991 (main entry: Larsen,

Thomas)

### Single and Double Cutters

Single Cutter for main entry

Part-whole reasoning in an object-centered framework / Patrick Lambrix.

Q387 .L37 1991

Double Cutter for topic or geographic, then main entry

A book on taxation of chemical industries in the

United States by John Smith:

HD9650.8.U62 S65 2007

### (cont.)

Double Cutter for country, then local geographic; add digit to 2 nd Cutter for main entry

Chemical industries in Prague / Josef

Chemický. 2005

HD9650.8.C943 P733 2005

### How many numbers are needed?

Generally, a letter and 2 numbers is adequate