For federal documents in particular, cataloging has not been consistent over time or across institutions, and is missing entirely for many documents that were originally organized on the shelf by GPO-assigned SuDoc
Advanced skills such as training on databases and understanding link resolvers and SuDoc
numbers are examples of the diverse knowledge all staff working a reference desk need.
Kudos to the folks at SuDoc
for a great opening site.
publications available to the public and in their original SuDoc
call number order--the system created to classify federal publications by their issuing agency--shelf-by-shelf (rather than piece-by-piece, which was the original arrangement).
In the end, nine separate call number collections in Dewey, LC, and SuDoc
were loaded into the facility and mapped by the LDRF manager in a manner that allowed us to retrieve materials for users and to begin the re-sizing of the collections.
CitaDel's GPI file provides comprehensive access by title, author, subject, and by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc
) number used to index federal publications.
Depending upon the SuDoc
number and the type of item, an item may remain at the Main Library in the SuDocs
section or be distributed to the Health Sciences Library, the Science and Engineering Library, one of the other departmental libraries, or to cataloging.
Bibliographic records excluded included those with SuDocs
, ISSNs, state docs, precat records, and others that were not fully formed, including monographs too old to have ISBNs.