Working with Form Division Tables in KF Modified (Part 4)

13Dec2011 at 5:44 pm (Cataloguing) (, )

This is the fourth in a series of posts about using the form division tables in KF Modified. Part 3 is located here.

I hope you had a chance to work on the exercises posted in Part 3. Here are the answers for those exercises.

KF8950 Table VI
KF1629.S8 Table VII
KF841-850 Table II
KF501-505 no table use G.D.
KF7701-7710 Table II

In this post we’ll take a look at Table V for classification numbers with 2 numbers. This will set us up to consider the remaining titles for class numbers with 5, 10, and 20 numbers.

Table V begins on page F20 of the KF Modified schedule. If you compare this to Table VI you will see some familiar form divisions listed there:

  • Bibliography;
  • Periodicals;
  • Looseleaf services;
  • Form books;
  • Dictionaries;
  • Congresses;
  • Treatises;
  • etc.

The difference here is that these form divisions are now spread across a 2 number range. For example, the form division for Periodicals is found at 1.A15 and Congresses is at 2.A5.

So let’s look at an example.

Here’s an Ontario Bar Association CLE title from March of this year:

This is a collection of papers dealing with construction liens, which is referred to in the Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification scheme as ‘mechanics’ liens’ for the purposes of classifcation.

In KF Modified this is found under Contracts at KF899-900:

We know from last time that collections of CLE papers are put into the form division for ‘Congresses. Symposia. Collected papers, addresses, and essays’ which in Table V is 2.A5.

The class number for Mechanics’ liens has 2 numbers:

Number 1 KF899
Number 2 KF900

If collected papers are associated with 2.A5 in Table V then we would use the second number (i.e. KF900) and apply the form division to that number. So this title will go in KF900.A5. Adding the cutter number for the main entry and the publishing date gives us a finished number of KF900.A5 O583 2011.

Here’s another example, this time we have a general treatise on international trade dealing with the law in Great Britain.

This would be classed in KF Modified at KF1975-1976.

Because this is a general title we need to locate the form division for general monographs. This is always found toward the end of the form divisions:

This form division tells us to use the second number and to then cutter by the main entry or in RDA terms the “preferred access point.”

So our 2 number range in this case consists of:

Number 1 KF1975
Number 2 KF1976

We are instructed to use the second number, so KF1976 and then cutter for the preferred access point between A7 and Z8. In this case the number will be KF1976 C37 and adding the publication date of 2010 give us KF1976 C37 2010.

This is an area of the form division tables that the cataloguer needs to watch out for. You are only permitted to cutter general works between A7 and Z8. If the author’s name had been John Adams there would be a conflict.

Adams would normally be cuttered at A32, but this falls outside of the prescribed range available to the cataloguer. A cutter number for a name beginning with ‘A’ cannot fall before A7. The cataloguer must therefore construct the cutter number a little differently.

The easiest way to do this is to start with A7 and then add to that the cutter number the number usually applied for the name Adams, i.e. A32. Putting these two numbers together (i.e. A7+32) will give you a new cutter number of A732 that will not conflict with the specified range.

Although less likely, the same thing would apply for authors whose last name ends in ‘Z’, for example a name like one of our faculty members Peer Zumbansen. There would be no conflict in this case though because this name would normally receive the cutter number Z86 which is within the given range.

However, a name like Adan Zye would cause a conflict because this will normally fall in a Z9 number which is outside of the range that should be used. Again applying the same logic as above. Take the usual cutter number, in this case Z94 for Zye and apply it to the last number in the given range Z8. This would result in a cutter number that will neither clash with the number for Zumbansen nor run into Z9: i.e. Z894.

With the holidays approaching I won’t include any exercises this time. We’ll continue with our look at the form division tables in KF Modified after the holiday break.

Hope you have a great holiday and all the best for you and your family in the new year!


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