Library of Congress Call Number
SatchLCall Update - March 2011
As many have undoubtedly noticed, SatchLCall has changed locations. Apologies for
any inconvenience. Everything should be fully functional, but site updates may
The applet is still free and unrestricted, but if you find it useful, donations are
What is SatchLCall?
satchel - A small bag; esp. a bag for carrying
SatchLCall (pronounced "satchel call") is a tutorial that explains shelving
according to the Library of Congress Call Number System. It consists of a slide
show, followed by a Java applet that allows patrons to drag and drop books onto a
virtual bookshelf to test how well they learned the system. It is designed to
teach shelving skills. It does not attempt to cover the rules, meanings, and
methods of the LC Classification System.
SatchLCall has two "flavors:" basic and complete.
The basic version covers material up to and including the first Cutter
Number. The quiz then only tests on that knowledge. SatchLCall in
basic mode would probably be most appropriate for smaller libraries,
public libraries, or anywhere a quick and cursory introduction to the LC
system is needed.
The complete incarnation of SatchLCall addresses second Cutters, dates,
copy numbers, volume numbers, size designations, and location
designations. Examples in the quiz applet in complete mode cover all of
these topics. This more advanced tutorial could be targeted at academic
libraries, or be used to train pages or other library staff.
This product is provided free of charge, and therefore on an "as is" basis,
without warranty of any kind, including without limitation the warranties that it
is free of defects or fit for any particular purpose.
SatchLCall is freeware but is not public domain. Copyright© 2000 Michael Ford
and the University of Pittsburgh.
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