What Are The Types Of Catalogue? [4 Types]

What Are The Types Of Catalogue?

Libraries are always at the forefront of keeping books in the hands of those who want to read.

It’s hard to keep up with the latest books that are being released. If you’re a library, then you’ll want to keep your catalog up to date and have a good collection of books for your customers. This blog will cover some of the different types of catalogues and how they help both the customers and librarians.

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What Are The Types Of Catalogue?

There are mainly 3 different types of catalogue namely…

  • Classified Catalogue
  • Author Catalogue
  • Title Catalogue
  • Dictionary Catalogue

1.      Classified Catalogue

The classified catalogue is a bibliographical database that describes the books, journals and other items in a library or a special collection.

Classified catalogues are available in print and online. Classified catalogues are created by librarians or library technicians who write descriptions of the books, journals or other items in the collection.

The information is entered into a database and then published to a website or in a printed catalogue. Classified catalogues are also called subject catalogues when they are only for a specific subject, such as books about gardening.

2.      Author Catalogue

An author catalogue is a bibliographic system in which books are listed according to the names of their respective authors.

There is no distinction between the names of the editors or compilers and the names of the authors. An author catalogue is also called an author index, or an index of names.

3.      Title Catalogue

A title catalogue, also known as a title index or a title register, is a catalogue, usually online, of all the books in a library arranged under a single alphabetical listing of titles.

A title catalogue can be helpful in identifying the location of material in a library, and especially in finding items when an author or classified approach is not useful.

Title catalogues can be particularly useful when one is trying to identify materials from a large library with a complex organization, such as the Library of Congress.

4.      Dictionary Catalogue

A dictionary catalogue is a catalogue in which the entries (authors, title, subject, series etc.) and their related references are arranged together in one alphabetical reference.

It resembles the arrangement of entries in a dictionary where the words are strictly arranged alphabetically.

The various entries of this catalogue are arranged just like a dictionary that is why it is called dictionary catalogue.

Wrapping It Up

So these are the types of catalogues used to quickly access the available book titles in a library.

Without following these rules, the library will be a mess and can’t operate correctly.

Using these tips and tricks will quickly get you opportunities to grow and organize your library properly and the way it should be.

Saving time for yourself and the reader along the way, give a boost to your WOMM (word of mouth marketing) that can lead to grabbing more readers for your library in the long run.

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