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ALCTS Survey about LC Cataloging Records

The ALCTS committee on Cataloging Children's Materials has created a survey about LC cataloging records. Changes to practice may impact your copy cataloging. Please take a moment to complete a short survey. The survey is open from Jan. 29 to March 15, 2014. Find more information and a link to the survey at:

Thanks in advance for your participation in the survey.

Background information on the Survey of the Proposed LC Shelflisting Change for Children’s Literature Fiction.

The Children’s and Young Adult Cataloging Program at the Library of Congress is jointly sponsoring a survey with the Policy and Standards Division (Library of Congress) and the ALA Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee (CCM) to access the impact of a shelflisting change proposed by the Library of Congress.  The proposal changes the Cuttering procedures followed for fiction titles in children’s literature.

The proposal calls for the use of two Cutters to sub-arrange juvenile literary works, as is done for adult works.  Currently, works classified in subclass PZ are arranged by a Cutter number for the author’s name, followed by a two- or three-letter “work mark” representing the first significant word of the title. The policy change would result in call numbers for juvenile works that look very similar to those for adult works.  The new Cuttering system would be implemented in a new classification number, probably PZ7.1, and not in the existing PZ7 numbers.