|New Items on STAR?
|21D YH YR $.10
|COMPUTERS ###.#### Pub Year
- Any work that instructs the reader in the practical use of computer technology goes here. Topics can range from the very technical (designing and analyzing algorithms, programming in C or Java) to the everyday (how to get started on Instagram or how to use an iPhone). Titles in this neighborhood should have the look and feel of a manual or a textbook — look for lots of step-by-step instructions and screenshots.
- Patrons frequently look for works on Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and other Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe’s CC applications; always put instructional guides on these popular software programs in the COMPUTERS neighborhood. Also shelve here all how-tos on specific devices (iPad, Apple Watch, etc.) and operating systems (Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, etc.).
- Also put here any work covering the basic technological underpinnings of website development – even if it’s presented as having a narrower focus, such as marketing. For example, a book that looks at internet architecture and browser algorithms from the perspective of search engine optimization would go in COMPUTERS.
What’s not included:
- Guides that explore the use of specific applications for specific purposes generally go in the regular collection, not the COMPUTERS neighborhood. If you think a patron would associate an item with the broader topic it covers – finance, ebook publishing, etc. – rather than with computer technology itself, put it in znanf under the appropriate discipline. Some sample topics:
- The intersection of finance and computer applications. Anything having to with electronic trading in traditional markets (i.e., daytrading NASDAQ stocks), or using specialty exchanges to invest in and trade digital currencies, should go in regular nonfiction.
- Photography. Anything having to do with taking digital photographs or filming with a digital camera goes in the photography division of the 700s – the 77xs. Guides to shooting with a DSLR or GoPro camera, for example, go in that area. Contrast these titles with books on using computer programs to touch up digital photographs (i.e. Photoshop) or edit digital film (i.e., After Effects) — these works DO go in the COMPUTERS neighborhood. These tools have a broad range of applications and can be a key component of a professional or recreational computer user’s skill set.
- Works that cover the use of online marketplaces or social media for commercial purposes. Sample topics: using Etsy to sell items from your home crafts business or using Pinterest to promote your company’s products or services. Keep these business-oriented titles in the regular NF collection. (See the JOBS page for more info on LinkedIn; this platform, used to broaden professional connections and promote personal brands, is so entwined with employment that we’ve pulled most of our titles on it into that neighborhood.)
- Genealogy. Titles explaining how to use social media platforms, specific archival or historical websites, or other tech tools specifically for researching family histories go in the 92Xs with our other works on genealogy.
- Other titles that are only indirectly related to computer technology. For example, ebooks always involve software, but many of the titles we carry on ebook publishing are more about dealing with publishers or marketing self-published ebooks than they are about using particular programs to actually create and distribute a work. And the writer of this book about podcasting explicitly states in her introduction that the work “is not a technical guide”; she does include information about software and equipment, but that is not her focus — that’s why, of the two Dewey numbers listed in the bib, we’ve favored the 070 “publishing” number over the 006 “computer methods” number. The general rule: for the not-so-tech-oriented titles, favor the regular NF collection.
Spine label and other info:
- Place the neighborhood COMPUTERS sticker immediately above the spine label. Do not add any additional stickers.
- To fit the neighborhood title on the spine label, drop the “S” from COMPUTERS when printing. Add it back in to the call number field when saving the item record.
- On initial processing, always add the year of publication in a volume field and make sure it appears on the spine label. If the item-in-hand is on a monograph bib rather than a serial bib (Bib Level “m” not “s”), delete the volume field after printing the spine label. See the TRAVEL neighborhood page for examples of the two record types.
- Do NOT record the edition number in the volume field. To standardize the labels, print only the year of publication.
- For the Cutter, prefer the publisher’s name. Some common ones in the collection: O’Reilly, Que, Wiley, No Starch Press, and Pearson. Generally go with what’s in the 264|b, but check similar titles (i.e., compare a new Teach yourself visually guide with the older editions on the shelf), as some runs change hands over time. For browsing ease, try to keep the spine labels for each series consistent by updating older editions as necessary. For one-offs on topics not covered in regularly issued series, the author’s name is fine (see the last book in the image below).
- Retain up to — editions on a given device/application by a single publisher. NEED TO VERIFY RETENTION SCHEDULE/CRITERIA