### helving Power Point Practice

```Shelving & Shelf Reading
How to Sort and
Organize Books
in the Library
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Sorting Books
Books to be shelved must first be sorted
according to the section of the library
where they will be shelved.
 There are six sections to the library:

Nonfiction
 Reference
 Professional Library
 Fiction (Early Reader, Biography, Holiday)
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Call Numbers by Section
You can determine which section of the
library a book belongs in by looking at
the call number that appears on the
book’s spine label.
 The next few slides will show you the
characteristics of call numbers for each
section. Then you will have a chance to
check how well you have remembered
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Nonfiction Books
Nonfiction Books have a call number that
is made up of a Dewey Decimal Number
followed by the first three letters of the
author’s last name.
 Examples:

333.9
HAV
973
BEN
VOL. 2
599.999
ASI
808.81
MER
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Reference Books
Reference Books have a three line (or
more) call number that begins with R,
followed by a Dewey Decimal Number.
 Examples:

R
001.9
WOR
R
507
DEA
R
973
ANN
VOL. 1
R
808.88
BAR
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Professional Collection
Professional Library Collection Books
have a three line call number that begins
with PL followed by a Dewey Decimal
Number.
 Examples:

PL
028.7
CRA
PL
371.26
GRO
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Fiction
Fiction Books have a call number that
begins with the heading F followed by
the first three letters of the author’s last
name. Fiction Books don’t have a Dewey
Decimal Number.
 Examples:

F
GRI
F
KEY
F
ZEL
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Time to Check What You’ve Learned
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It’s Quiz Time!
On the next few slides you’ll be quizzed on the
information you’ve just learned.
For each question, click on the label that you
think is the correct answer to the question.
If you get an answer wrong, click on the back
until you get it right.
Good luck! (P.S. These are pretty easy.)
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Quiz 1 Slide #1

Which of the call numbers shown below
belongs in the Nonfiction Section?
F
NON
E
133.9
ASI
001.9
MYS
VOL. 1
R
428
ROG
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Quiz 1 Slide #2

Which of the call numbers shown below
belongs in the Reference Section?
973
REF
1988
E
REF
973
REF
F
REF
R
973
ANN
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Quiz 1 Slide #3

Which of the call numbers shown below
belongs in the Fiction Section?
PL
128
FIC
804
REF
973
ANN
F
JAM
R
ANN
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Quiz 1 Slide #4

Which of the call numbers shown below
belongs in the Everyone section?
PL
128
FIC
E
Ber
973
ANN
F
JAM
ER
ANN
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Quiz 1 Slide #5

Which of the call numbers shown below
belongs in the Professional Library?
PL
128
FIC
E
973
ANN
F
JAM
ER
ANN
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Numbers
It Can Be More Confusing Than
You Think
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
Some series of Dewey Decimal
Numbers are easy to put in order, like
these:
511
MAT
512
BEN
599
ROG
701.5
ALL
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Other series can be more difficult, like
these:
808.81
MAT
808.815
BEN
808.82
ROG
888.81
ALL
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The trick to remember when putting
Dewey Decimal Numbers in order is to
work one digit at a time, starting from the
left. Therefore…
973.901
KEN
goes before
973.92
AME
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Two more examples:
796.921
BAS
goes before
796.93
LAM
and
333.79
TIM
goes before
333.9
LON
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Two final examples:
808.888
TRU
goes before
808.9
LEW
and
001.9
WAU
goes before
010.9
WAU
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Time to Check What You’ve Learned
For each of the questions coming up,
click on the label that you think
 If you get the answer wrong be sure to
read the explanation on the correction
slide carefully so that you will do better
on the next question.
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Quiz 2 Slide #1

Which of these three call numbers would
come first?
808.88
TRU
808.888
TRU
808.788
TRU
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Quiz 2 Slide #2

Which of these call numbers would go
LAST?
PRO
128.7
PEN
PRO
129.87
GIL
PRO
128.76
HEM
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Quiz 2 Slide #3

Which of the call numbers below is out of
order?
R
297.816
REL
R
297.888
PAN
R
287.898
BAL
R
297.916
None of Them
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Time to Evaluate Yourself
Have you been doing well on the Quiz
Questions?
 Do you feel that you are ready to shelve
 If not, I have additional non-computer
based activities you can use for further
practice—just let me know.
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Some General Notes on Shelving
demanding jobs requiring close
concentration.
 When shelving or shelf reading work
towards quality not quantity: Shelve (or
shelf read) fewer books, but be sure you
make the right decisions about the ones
you work with.
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Summary of the Shelving Process
First sort the books to be shelved
according to which section of the library
they belong in.
 Then organize the books by their Dewey
Decimal Numbers (or alphabetically or
by series as appropriate).
 Finally, take the books to the shelf and
insert them in the correct place among
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Problems to Watch For When Shelving

Often when shelving, you will find that the
books on the shelf you go to are not in correct
order. When that is the case you will need to
shelf read the shelf first, and then shelve the
books you have brought to put there.
 Be sure to notice where the breaks come at
the end of each shelf, and not shelve books on
one shelf when they should be on the next
shelf over or around the corner.
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Problems to Watch for When Shelf Reading
You may find some books that simply don’t
belong on the shelf at all when shelf reading.
Put those books on the book cart to be
shelved later, if you have the time reshelve.
 A shelf can be difficult to shelf read if spine
labels are unclear or missing. Please give
these books to Kim.
 Remember to straighten up and align the
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Conclusion

Thanks for taking the time to complete
this training session. I hope it has been
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The End

This presentation was prepared for the Emmett G. Shufflebarger
Library at Graham High School in Bluefield, Virginia by Debra W.
Waugh, Librarian and Instructional Technologist. The Prairie
Trace Media Specialist has permission to adjust the program to
the school’s own needs.
 Educators are welcome to adapt this
presentation for non-profit uses.
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END
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SC
ANN

Oops!
Since this call number begins with SC and
doesn’t include a Dewey Decimal Number
the book belongs in the Story Collection
section.
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F
JAM

Oops!
Since this call number begins with F and
doesn’t include a Dewey Decimal Number
the book belongs in the Fiction section.
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973
ANN

Oops!
Since this call number begins with a Dewey
Decimal Number the book belongs in the
Nonfiction section.
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SC
ANN

Oops!
Since this call number begins with SC the
book belongs in the Story Collection section.
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Way to Go!
F
JAM

Yay for You!
Good work! This book would go in the
Fiction Section since its call number
begins with F and it doesn’t have a
Dewey Decimal Number.
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Way to Go!
001.9
MYS
VOL. 1

Yay for You!
Good work! This book would go in the
Nonfiction Section since its first line is a
Dewey Decimal Number.
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Way to Go!
R
973
ANN

Yay for You!
Good work! This book would go in the
Reference Section since its call number
begins with R followed by a Dewey
Decimal Number.
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Way to Go!
E
Ber

Yay for You!
Good work! This book would go in the
Everyone section since its call number
begins with E (for Everyone) followed by
the lst 3 letters of the author’s last name.
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PRO
128.7
PEN

Oops!
Last time I checked, 8 comes before 9.
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Way to Go!
PL
128
FIC

Yay for You!
Good work! This book would go in the
Professional Library since its call number
begins with PL followed by a Dewey
Decimal Number.
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Way to Go!
808.788
TRU

Yay for You!
Good work! This call number would
come first because of the 7 in the 5th
position.
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PL
128
FIC

Oops!
Since this call number begins with PL
followed by a Dewey Decimal Number
the book would go in the Professional
Collection.
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808.888
TRU

Oops!
Remember to check the call numbers digit
by digit starting from the left.
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F
REF

Oops!
Since this call number begins with F the
book would go in the Fiction Section.
44
973
REF

Oops!
Since this call number begins with a
Dewey Decimal Number the book would
go in the Nonfiction Section.
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R
428
ROG

Oops!
Since the call number begins with R this
book would go in the Reference Section.
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973
REF
1988

Oops!
Since this call number begins with a
Dewey Decimal Number it would go in
the Nonfiction Section.
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973
ANN

Oops!
Since this call number begins with a
Dewey Decimal Number the book would
be shelved in the Nonfiction Section.
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F
JAM

Oops!
Since this call number begins with F and
does not include a Dewey Decimal
Number the book would be shelved in
the Fiction Section.
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973
STO

Oops!
Since this call number begins with a
Dewey Decimal Number the book would
go in the Nonfiction Collection.
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STO
REF

Oops!
This call number is not in the correct
format for any section of the library.
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PL
028.7
STO

Oops!
Since this call number begins with PL
followed by a Dewey Decimal Number
the book would go in the Professional
Collection.
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F
SC
ASI

Oops!
This call number is not in the correct
format for any of the sections in the
library.
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F
NON

Oops!
Since this call number begins with F and
does not include a Dewey Decimal Number
the book would go in the Fiction Section.
54
973
ANN

Oops!
Since this call number begins with a Dewey
Decimal Number the book would go in the
Nonfiction Section.
55
808.88
TRU

Oops!
Remember to check the call numbers digit
by digit starting from the left.
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PL
128.76
HEM

Oops!
Remember to check the call numbers digit
by digit starting from the left.
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Way to Go!
PL
129.87
GIL

Yay for You!
Good work! 129 would come after the 128’s
since 9 comes after 8.
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R
297.916

Oops!
Remember to check the call numbers digit
by digit starting from the left.
59
R
297.888
PAN

Oops!
Remember to check the call numbers digit
by digit starting from the left.
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R
297.816
REL

Oops!
Remember to check the call numbers digit
by digit starting from the left.
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Way to Go!
R
287.898
BAL

Yay for You!
Good work! Many people would have missed
the 8 in second position and have shelved this
book in the wrong place.
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