A Library Primer by John Cotton DanaA Library Primer by John Cotton Dana

A Library Primer

byJohn Cotton Dana

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... book in the shelf-list. To make possible a like reference to the accession book, write the accession number of each book near the bottom of the card on which it is entered. In making the catalog entries observe certain fixed rules of alphabetization, capitalization, punctuation, arrangement, etc., as set forth in the catalog rules which may be adopted. Only by so doing can you secure uniformity of entry, neatness in work, and the greatest possible meaning from every note, however much abbreviated. Preserve this catalog with great care. It is the key to the records in shelf-list and accession book. In a small library the public may very properly use it. As soon as possible, if your library is to be quite large and much used, prepare for public use a duplicate of it, omitting all those entries in the original which are of use only to the librarian. The average reader more often remembers the titles of books than their authors. Add, therefore, to the authdr-list, in your public catalog--not in your private or official catalog, for which author-entries alone are sufficient--a title-list; a set of cards like the author cards, except that on each one the book's title is entered first instead of its author. Arrange author and titlelists in one alphabetical series. As the use of the library for reference work increases, the question will often be asked, has it any books on a certain subject? Add, therefore, to your author-and title-list a subject-list. Make this by writing a card for each book with the subject of which it treats the first word upon it. Arrange this also in the same alphabetical series with the other two. In some cases the book's title and its subject will be identical; for example, Geology, by Tompkins, or Washington's boyhood,...
Title:A Library PrimerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021742550X

ISBN - 13:9780217425506