the Library of Congress system mostly makes sense except when this happens

LC doesn’t care about book series so it basically just puts them in alphabetical order by title. everything that author has written has the same cutter number (in Snicket’s case, .S6795) and then the first couple of letters of the book’s title come next. so EVERYTHING by that author is all together, but completely out of sequential order. and I hate it.

Yuck! Not helpful to a patron browsing the shelf.

You could class the series together (and indicate that decision in the series authority record) and then give each title your chosen classification plus an enumeration like “v.1″ or “no.2″ or whatever is appropriate.

I’ve also been known to fudge cutter numbers when I want books to sit a certain way on the shelf; that’s easiest to do when you get the whole series at once.


Epistolae Karolini aevi. IV / hrsg von E.L. Dümmler, Ernst Perels. (OCLC #810904180)

This series is so large and complicated (and being purchased slowly over time and out of order) that I keep a copy of its index at my desk with my other cataloging tools, along with our local plan for how we will assign the call numbers for the various volumes. This saves us a lot of “volume 4 of what?-style headaches!

This particular volume is volume IV of Epistolae Karolini, and volume 6 of Monumenta Germaniae historica Epistolae, so we give it the call number:

DD3.M8 ‡b E31 t.6

Очерки бурсы. Очерки третий и четвертый / ǂc H. Помяловский. (OCLC #903415003)

I generally prefer not to make individual monograph records for volumes of sets, but sometimes that’s all that I have.

This volume indicates that it is a portion of “Очерки бурсы”, and specifically that it contains essays 3 and 4. I confirmed this by looking at the full title in Hathitrust.

The title page contained the enumeration “Выпуск 4”, but what title is this issue 4 of? There was a phrase on the title page (“ Библиотека Классиков-Безбожников”) and another on the cover (“Художественная антирелигиозная библиотека”) with similar meanings, either of which could have been its series statement, but I wasn’t sure, so I just included it as a quoted note:

500 __ ǂa "Выпуск 4."

If the other volumes the series appears (in our collection or someone else’s) we can clarify then, but for now I’d hate to mislead anybody by guessing.


Observations on the influence of religion upon the health and physical welfare of mankind. (OCLC #632285)

This piece is a 1973 reprint of an 1835 title. Difference in printing date is not usually sufficient to input a new record (so we might have used copy for the original) but this piece includes both the original title page and a new title page indicating the new publisher and the new series information, and we found popular copy that reflected that:

260 __ ǂa New York, ǂb Arno Press, ǂc 1973 [©1835]
490 1_ ǂa Mental illness and social policy: the American experience 500 __ ǂa Reprint of the ed. published by Marsh, Capen & Lyon, Boston.
830 _0 ǂa Mental illness and social policy: the American experience.

Русские сказания / Ю. П. Миролюбов (OCLC #889865076)

Even when I am familiar with an alphabet, a fancy font can throw me off, as it did for the series statement on this piece. On the title page, the title and statement of responsibility were in a more standard font, but the series statement looked much like it did in the sun on the upper right.

Though I would never use CIP data (the description on the title page verso) as a source of information to put in the record, it did provide a handy transcription of the series statement in a standard font, which I could then confirm, and add to the record as linked fields:

    490 _1 Неведомая Русь
    490 _1 Nevedomai︠a︡ Rusʹ
    830 _0 Неведомая Русь.
    830 _0 Nevedomai︠a︡ Rusʹ.

I’m not sure why I add the vernacular version to access points, but I think it looks nice.


The mummy / adapted by David Levithan ; retold by Mike Dean. (OCLC #276480317)

A series can have different kinds of subseries: its parts can be named or numbered, and that distinction is indicated by which subfield is used for the parts. Named parts use ǂp, as in:

    ǂa 20 questions ǂp History

Numbered parts use ǂn, as in:

    ǂa Bitlet. ǂn Series 2

If the part has both a name and a number, both subfields might be used:

    ǂa British idealist studies. ǂn Series 3, ǂp Green

Catalogers may disagree on whether a phrase for part of the series is a name or a number. For example, the sets of low-vocabulary books I’m cataloging are in a main series called “Penguin readers” with subseries for the levels of vocabulary: EasyStarts, Level 1, Level 2, etc. I don’t think these really describe a sequence of parts (as mentioned in the docs for MARC field 830) but rather a descriptor of the reading level based on the number of headwords. Headings for these subseries have already been established in OCLC using ǂn for all except the lowest level:

    ǂa Penguin readers. ǂp EasyStarts
    ǂa Penguin readers. ǂn Level 1
    ǂa Penguin readers. ǂn Level 2

I am using the form that has been established to reduce future hassle in cataloging. Though it seems odd to me, it should not affect searching or display.


Imposters of God: inquiries into favorite idols. (OCLC #84666)

A single publication of a title may be part of multiple series, maybe even with different numbering in each. Statements about those series may appear together or separately on a variety of sources, including the main title page, a separate series title page, the cover, or even a publisher web site. To trace those series, use a pair of 490 (transcribed series statement) and 830 (authorized form) fields for each one, like:

    490 1_ ǂa Christian experience series ; ǂv 7
    490 1_ ǂa Witness books ; ǂv 11
    830 _0 ǂa Christian experience series ; ǂv 7.
    830 _0 ǂa Witness books ; ǂv 11.

Allylboration of carbonyl compounds / Dennis G. Hall and Hugo Lachance. (OCLC #775406307)

The catalog record for this monograph says that it was originally published as volume 73 of the serial title “Organic reactions”, though I didn’t find that anywhere on the piece! I checked our copy of volume 73, and found that indeed, their contents were nearly identical (except for updated references).

The selector wanted to keep both copies, so I cataloged this one as a separate monograph, using a note (not series statement/added entry) to record the relationship.


Zooming in : the cosmos at high resolution / edited by Regina von Berlepsch. (OCLC #868967245)

My library has no other volumes of this serial, so I chose to catalog this one as a monograph, classified separately, with the series traced. I found two monograph records for this particular volume in OCLC, and the more popular one recorded the title as:

    245 00 ǂa Reviews in modern astronomy. ǂn 23, ǂp Zooming in:
      the cosmos at high resolution / ǂc edited by Regina von

This is a reasonable approach, as the series title is more prominent than the volume title, even on the title page, but I prefer to use the volume title as the title proper, with the series in a series statement / added entry:

    490 1_ ǂa Reviews in modern astronomy ; ‡v 23
    830 _0 ǂa Reviews in modern astronomy ; ‡v 23.

Our analyzing, tracing and classifying decisions for this series differ from LC practice, so I edited our local series authority to reflect this.

I expect these two records will eventually be merged, as differing selection of title proper does not justify a new record.


Erfahrungen mit der Digitalisierung von rastermässig erfassten Linienstrukturen / Thomas Kreifelts … [et al.]. (OCLC #2794543)

If a set of books is part of an analyzed series that is classed together, the call number in the bib record for the set might be recorded in a format like:

    QA1 ǂb .G344 no. 30, etc.

That is, both volumes have a call number that starts QA1 .G344, but have enumeration based on their location in the series:

    QA1 .G344 no. 30
    QA1 .G344 no. 37

In our collection, we classify this particular series separately, so the call numbers for the two volumes in the set actually ended up as:

    GA102.4.E4 E73 1974 v.1
    GA102.4.E4 E73 1974 v.2