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The Design Library has some preferences for cataloging their materials which may not be as important for other libraries.  These preferences are generally in regard to classification.


  • Please shelflist all Design call numbers!  There should not be any duplicate call numbers, and shelflisting will help catch classed together series and artist numbers.

Works By or About a Particular Artist

  • These should be classed with all the other books about that artist.  LC usually follows this practice as each artist gets their own class number.  However, over time the names can get cuttered differently.

Example: The number being used for Frank Lloyd Wright is NA737.W7, but some records may come with with the number NA737.W75.  The extra 5 will put this book out of order as they are subarranged within the artist number.

  • An artist’s name may also get cuttered differently if the artist is known by different names.

Example: The architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris is more commonly known as Le Corbusier.  The class number being used for Le Corbusier is NA1053.J4 for “Jeanneret-Gris.”  But records may come in with NA1053.C67 (for “Corbusier”).  These will need to be edited to keep all of the Le Corbusier books together

  • Artists are classified based on the media they work in.  If they work in more than one media, it is possible they could be classed in different places. 

Example: Michelangelo was a painter and sculptor so records may have the class number NB623.B9 (Sculpture) or N6923.B8 (Painting) or both.  Please make sure you class it consistently with how the Design Library has handled past books by the artist in question.


  • There are a lot of numbered series that are classed together for Design, so it is very important to check the series authority for every numbered series.
  • Sometimes the enumeration is part of the title (as a |n or |p) rather than in a 490 series statement.  In these cases, please class together with the previous numbers.

Example: 9eme concept.|n2 /|cpréfacé par Sarah Mattera has call number N6494.C63 A143, which puts it right next to 9eme concept (call number N6494 .C63 A14).

  • It can be very difficult to determine if some Design books are serial or numbered series.  Many times you will find both a serial record and monographic records in OCLC.  If this is the first one received or if there appears to be inconsistency in how it was previously cataloged, please take it to Tessa or Beth to review.

Special Publishers

  • Pay close attention to DVD-ROMs published by Dosch Design and Gnomon Workshop.  These two publishers produce a large number of DVD-ROMs on computer graphics and should be classed in the T385 range, so that they are all in the same general area.  Dosch Design DVD-ROMs are usually originals when we receive them.  Please derive an original record from an earlier one and handle consistently.

Parallel Titles

  • Design frequently receives books in both Japanese and English.  The record in OCLC may have the transliterated Japanese in the 245.  This is ok, as long as the parallel English title is included in the 245.  The English title should also get a 246.

Example: 245 00 Otoko gurafikkusu =|btough-style graphics /|cart director, Nojiri Daisaku.  Also includes a 246 Tough-style graphics for browsing.

Accompanying Material

  • Design materials sometimes have a lot of unusual accompanying material.  As a general rule, do not discard anything, even if it looks like packaging!  Most of the time, all pieces will be barcoded, but there are a lot of exceptions.  Contact Design (Karen DeWitt) if you are unsure, or send item to Preservation and note what the concern is.  They can check further with Design.  

Locations/Item Codes

  • Remember that all A/V materials go to location "MEDIA," including video games.  Video games should have Itemtype "GAME," not "GAME4HR."