NJ18 Call numbers: 2001 notation (with: 2010 Revision for SML) - Call Number Construction


(For construction of NJ18 call numbers prior to 2001, click here.)

(For construction of NJ18 call numbers prior to 1991, click here.)

In current cataloging, NJ18 numbers are transcribed to labels in 5-6 lines.

First line Always NJ18
Second line Artist Cutter
Third line A12 if the artist is the main entry. If the main entry is not the artist (including title main entry), Cutter to the main entry instead. On Orbis ‡ i is always entered between the second and third lines.
Fourth line Date of publication. For A12 numbers, add a B, C, D, etc. to distinguish titles published in the same year.
Fifth line (LC) is always used below NJ18 call numbers. 
[Sixth line] "Oversize." If the book is oversize, an additional 6th line indicating Oversize is printed.

ARTIST Cutter CONSTRUCTION. Cutter to the artist's last name or the first element of the name appearing in subfield a. Current cataloging modeled after 050 parsing precedes the first (artist) Cutter with a period. Earlier cataloging followed the legacy NOTIS practice of preceding the artist Cutter with a space.

  • If the entry element of a name changes (usually because of AACR2), the original Cutter is retained. So, Michelangelo continues to have Cutter B88. Capital letter (corresponding to the first letter of the name) followed by digits expanded decimally.
  • For names beginning with vowels: Capital letter (first letter of the name), lowercase letter (second letter of the name), numeric for the rest of the name, e.g. Aa6 for Alvar Aalto. For second letter "l" substitute capital L. Albritton, Sarah = NJ18 AL334
  • For names beginning with S: Capital letter (first letter of the name), lowercase letter (second letter of the name), numeric for the rest of the name, e.g. Sm57 for David Smith. For names beginning with Sch: Sch and then numeric for the rest of the name, e.g. Sch335 for Carol Schlosberg.

Because NJ18 is an omnibus classification number, the artist Cutters can be long and room for new author numbers is limited. For that reason, when establishing a new artist Cutter, NEVER END THE Cutter NUMBER WITH A DIGIT LOWER THAN 3. If you are shelflisting in an especially tight area (e.g. where a very common last name is used), end the number with a 5 to give plenty of leeway on either side.

Filing rules:

When possible, use the filing rules described at LC Call numbers: belletristic works. However, pay careful attention to the actual filing sequence in the NJ18 file. If following the LC call number filing rules will throw off the sequence, file your new artist to preserve the old arrangement. For example, if you are working in an area where German names are common, and it is clear that umlaut u is being filed as ue, file your artist's name as Mueller rather than Mu[i.e. u umlaut]ller.

Effective Date: 
February 4, 2014