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ETL Cataloging Practices

Cataloging instructions that are specific to ETL items, including jE, jF, j nonfiction, and ETL Professional collection materials.
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ETL Cataloging Practices


  • Picture books    jE
  • Fiction books     jF

Note:  for folklore/legends/fairytales with J flags, see below. Sometimes fictionalized accounts of true stories are received with J flags; examine the content to determine whether they should be done as J or changed to jE/jF. You may need to consult the ETL Librarian to see which they would prefer.


Biographies (usually j nonfiction)

All ETL biographies will get a Cutter for the first 6XX plus a workmark for the Main Entry (no double cutter)

  • Artists                             j+Art type+geographic location

                               (ie, j730.944 for Rodin, j+sculpture+France)

  • Literary biography
    • Novelists                j8X0.92   (X will depend on the country of origin)
    • Poets                      j8X1.092 (X will depend on the country of origin)
  • Musicians                        j78X.092  (X will depends on the type of musician)
  • Individual biographies   j921
  • Collective biography      j920

Other call numbers

  • Creative/seatwork                  372.189 (cml,p)
  • Dinosaurs                                j567.9
  • Daycare                                   362 (cml,p)
  • Folklore/legends/fairy tales   j398.2
  • Folksongs                               j784.4
  • Graphic novels                       j741.5
  • Native Americans                   970.1 (cml,p)
    • Specific tribes               970.3, Cutter for tribe+workmark
  • Storytellings                           Cml,p

Other ETL practices

  • Translations do not receive special treatment.
  • Dewey numbers should be no longer than 4 digits after the decimal, but should be cut in a logical place, and never end with a zero. If there is a break before 4 digits (eg, 940.54/21421), end at the break (940.54),
  • Professional materials (cml,p) are assigned Dewey call numbers in line with Main criteria except for the length ; the label printing program will add "ETL"  above the Dewey line. These are the only ETL materials to be coded with "10" in the holdings 852 field.
  • Juvenile nonfiction (j) are similarly assigned Dewey call numbers, with the prefix of the letter "j"  (eg, j940.54).
  • jE, jF, and J books must be coded 80 in the 852 indicators rather than 10.
  • All ETL books are barcoded on the page facing the back cover, in the upper right corner.

Book Jackets

All book jackets must be sent to the ETL along with their books.

  • If the book jacket is exactly the same as the book cover itself, the jacket is removed and placed into the book, and the label will go on the book.
  • If the book jacket varies from the book cover, it is left on the book, and the label will go on the jacket. ETL will add a crystal jacket.