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Reclassification
Has your collection outgrown its classification system? Do you have materials organized in a locally created schema, an outdated version of Dewey Decimal, or an abbreviated rendition of Library of Congress classification? Whatever your reason for changing, the process involves two parts: first, reclassifying the data, then relabeling and reshelving the physical collection.
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Data Reclassification

Reclassification

Data Reclassification

Reclassifying your catalog is the methodical process of finding and applying a correct new classmark to each record in your database. This starts with an automated process, matching your titles with records in other databases to retrieve verifiable call numbers in the new system.

This process economically locates call numbers for a significant portion of most collections. For the remaining records, where matches are not found, our catalogers can add a human touch, searching for a match or manually assigning the new classmarks. Once your entire catalog has been processed, we run final quality checks to identify duplicates or missed records, then we return the data to you for upload.

Reclassification

Physical Reclassification

With the data sorted out, it’s time to place a new spine label on each item in the collection, then move it to its new location in your stacks. This is where things get a bit tricky. The most important part of executing a physical reclassification is planning. Considerations include deciding where to start, identifying what swing space is available to temporarily hold displaced materials, verifying that labels are properly placed on the correct items, updating the catalog and library staff so patrons can continue to find the items they need during the project, and running everything in an efficient and orderly manner.

 

Backstage has reclassified tens of millions of items in libraries large and small over the course of more than a decade. Our expert project managers take care of all the planning and execution for you. With our triple-check method—verifying the barcode, title, and old classmark against the bibliographic record and the data on the new label—you can be sure we won’t miss a thing.

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