Name Catalogue :: Library Name Catalogue

Name catalogue is a variation or extended form of author catalogue. Difference between author catalogue and name catalogue is that author catalogue includes entries for the names of persons etc. as authors, i.e. it brings at one place entries for all books written by one author. On the other hand name catalogue, in addition, includes entries for the proper names of persons and places etc. as subject too, i.e. it brings at one place entries for all books written by and on (or about) one author. Thus in it all the books written by an author and all the books, including biography, personality, contribution and criticism of an author are arranged together in one alphabetical order along-with the books written by him. This has been shown below:


1. Ranganathan, S.R.Classified catalogue code
2. Ranganathan, S.R.Colon classification
3. Ranganathan, S.R.Critical appraisal of S.R Ranganathan’s contribution,
by S.R. Sharma
4. Ranganathan, S.R.Five laws of lib. Science
5. Ranganathan, S.R.Library manual
6. Ranganathan, S.R.School library

It may be noted that the books at serial numbers 3 and 6 are not written by Ranganathan. In this Ranganathan has been treated as subject whereas Ranganathan is author of rest of the books. Author catalogue will take entries at 1,2,4 and 5 only, whereas name catalogue will take all these in one alphabetical sequence.

All the merits and demerits of author catalogue are present in name catalogue. But it has an additional benefit, that is information about the books written by an author and all the books written on him as subject or title are made available at one place. It has as additional limitation also. Since it is a mixed catalogue, sometimes confusion may arise if a particular entries for author, author treated as title, and author treated as subject are arranged in one alphabetical sequence.



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