A Comprehensive Approach to Algorithmic Machine Sorting of Library of Congress Call Numbers

  • Corey Wetherington The Pennsylvania State University
  • Scott Wagner The Pennsylvania State University

Abstract

This paper details an approach for accurately machine sorting Library of Congress (LC) call numbers which improves considerably upon other methods reviewed. The authors have employed this sorting method in creating an open-source software tool for library stacks maintenance, possibly the first such application capable of sorting the full range of LC call numbers. The method has potential application to any software environment that stores and retrieves LC call number information.

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Published
2019-12-16
How to Cite
Wetherington, C., & Wagner, S. (2019). A Comprehensive Approach to Algorithmic Machine Sorting of Library of Congress Call Numbers. Information Technology and Libraries, 38(4), 62-75. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v38i4.11585
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