[Classweb-users] "Minor collections"

Weiss, Paul pwei at loc.gov
Mon Jan 24 10:47:08 EST 2011

Although these numbers still exist in the LC Classification, the Library of Congress generally does not class material in them anymore, because they require catalogers to make value judgements.  In cases such as PN6112, where there is a clear contrast with an adjoining caption, the number may still be used, but generally they are not.

Paul Weiss
Library of Congress
Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate
Policy and Standards Division

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Hello, CW,

A few colleagues and I are puzzled at the ambiguity of this caption. 
This caption appears in the schedules about 2 dozen or so times, predominantly in the D and P areas. It almost always appears below a "Sources and documents" number. My question is: what constitutes "minor"? Single-volume collections as opposed to multi-volume sets? Or, does it mean minor in scope, or even minor in significance to the topic (which is a value judgment I as a cataloger I would be loath to make)? 
In one case (PN6112), the number immediately above has the caption "Comprehensive collections"; the meaning is clear in this context, but this seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

I would appreciate any insight anyone might have.

Thank you,

Casey A. Mullin
Discovery Metadata Librarian
Metadata Development Unit
Stanford University Libraries
cmullin at stanford.edu


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