Technical System

Class Number, Author Number & Call Number

Classification Schemes: There are many classification schemes to classify library books.

Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Scheme: (DDC URL for 3 summaries) The first and most popular in the world, DDC was developed by Melvil Dewey an American Librarian in 1876. In DDC numerals are used decimally as notations for books arranged by subjects` or disciplines. It divides the Universe of Knowledge into major and minor classes in the linear fashion using the decimal principles for subdivisions. It divides the subjects into three summaries. First summary is with 10 Main Classes, second summary with 100 Divisions and third summary with 1000 Sections.

Colon Classification (CC) Scheme: A faceted classification scheme divides subjects into components. It makes use of mixed notations which includes lowercase and capital letters, Indian numerals, and a series of punctuation marks and other symbols as conjunctions and indicators.

Dharmaram Classification Scheme (DCS): Dharmaram Classification Scheme is a special classification scheme, especially to classify resources in a specialised library like DVK. The basic inspiration and the format of this scheme is taken from Papal Seminary, Pune.

DVK is using Dharmaram Classification Scheme, to classify all the books in the library and to generate the class number for each book. It is very user friendly scheme. All the main classes are indicated by alphabets. Each main class have around 100 subclasses. Some subclasses have sub-subclasses and it will indicate/differentiate with a decimal mark. There is a frequent Research and Development (RnD) for the classification scheme at the DVK Central Library.

B - Biblical Topics

BC - Biblical Commentaries

C - Fundamental Theology

D - Dogmatic Theology

E - Theological Authors

F – Liturgy

G - Canon Law

H - Moral Theology, Homiletics & Catechetics

J - Church History Mission

K - Spiritual Theology

L - Biography

M - General Topics

N - Philosophy

O - Psychology

P - Social Sciences

Q - General Science

R - Indian Realia

S - Indian Philosophy & Religion

SS - Comparative Religion

T – Indian Languages & Literature

U – Non-Indian Languages & Literature

W - Geography, History & Art

Author Number

CA Cutter`s Three Figure Author Table: (URL of OCLC number devising software – exe file ) The Cutter number is a combination of letters and numbers. The Cutter number is based on 1-3 alphabets of the author`s surname.

Example: Kuncheria Pathil - P274

Saju Chackalackal - C344

The library generates author number with the CA Cutter`s Three Figure Author Table. Usually, we take stipulated alphabets from author's surname and three figures from the CA Cutter's File for the author number.

Call Number

Library gives call number for all the books. Usually, we construct call number with classification number and author number. This call number writes on the round or square type colour labels - first the classification number and after a bar/line, write the author number - and pastes the label of call number on the spine of the book. All the books are arranged in the library shelves and retrieved from the shelves, with the help of call number.


Kachappilly, Kurian

Process: Implications and Applications

C48= C= Fundamental Theology (Main Division): 48= Process Studies, Theology (Subdivision);

K113 = K= Kachappilly (Author); 113 = Cutter file number is K113.



Library Automation Software

We are using NIRMALS software for library automation since 1996. It was designed here in the Dharmaram library environment. Now it become one of the leading library management systems and NIRMALS has a strong track record of delivering library automation solutions over 25 years and provides library solutions to more than 350 libraries all over India. Many solutions in the software NIRMALS are developed according to our requirement. Self-Charging System, Periodical Management (with Barcode), Stock Verification (with Barcode), etc. are few examples for our demands and developments.

Catalogue Search/ OPAC

OPAC- Online Public Accessible Catalogue is a computer based and supported library Catalogue designed to be accessed via terminals so that library users may directly and effectively search for and retrieve bibliographic records without the assistance of human intermediary. Search counter is situated on either side of the entrance area. The users can search books and articles through OPAC system which enable them to get all the primary details such as call number, location, status and bibliographical details.

There are three types of OPAC Systems (More details)