Cutting the Jargon: What’s a Cutter?

Shelfie of the Penzler ARC on an iPad and the first edition's spine

On our Instagram today we posted a little about a deaccessioned library copy of the murder mystery The Widening Stain, referencing how it was shelved and why it was classified as it was. This blog post unpacks some of the cataloguing jargon (“ALA Rules”; “Cutter”; “Book Number”) and points you towards sources for further information.

This post is written for beginning cataloguers, or those who want to know more about Library of Congress Classification and the old A.L.A. Rules.

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