3.4.8 Sampler Books


Sampler is a collection of popular reading material located on the third floor near the circulation desk. Much of the collection consists of mass-market paperbacks and its composition changes relatively rapidly as new books are added and old ones withdrawn.


Development of the Sampler collection is the responsibility of the General Reference Department Chair, who selects, acquires and weeds books from the collection. All processed items from the Catalog Dept. for Sampler should be delivered to his/her office upon completion.


Sampler books are not processed through the Acquisition Dept. as other books, but are delivered to the Catalog Department directly from General Reference. They do not come with TPF’s or any other accompanying documentation, nor have they been tattle-taped when they are received.

Preliminary processing of Sampler books consists of having the books tattle-taped (in the Acquisitions Dept.) and stamped with the library’s property stamp (in the Catalog Dept.). The full property stamp (“Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah”) is stamped at the top of the inside of the front cover and at the bottom of the verso of the title page. BYU Library is stamped along the fore-edge and the top and bottom edges of the text block.


A bibliographic record is created in Unicorn for each Sampler book in much the same way records are created for books in other collection. Since these books are not processed in the Acquisitions Dept., however, no acquisition records have been entered prior to cataloging. It is still advisable, though, to search the database before entering a new record to see if the book has previously been cataloged, in which case the Sampler copy can be added to the copy holdings.

Sampler books are not classified, but are assigned an accession number when cataloged. Each book will be labelled with an author cutter and a category designation by General Reference personnel before it is delivered to the Catalog Dept. The categories are Biography, Classics, Computers, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Motivational , Mystery, Non- fiction, Romance Sicence Fiction, Travel and Western. The NOTIS location codes for these catagories are as follows: 3.4.8 Sampler Books (table)
The cataloger maintains a sheet of labels typed with numbers to keep track of accessioning. A five-digit number is assigned to each book in the order in which they are cataloged. The label bearing this number is placed on the spine of the book above the author cutter.

The call number for the book is entered as ALPHANUM.

Example: C31si

  • The library is LEE.
  • The item type is SAMPLER.
  • The location is assigned according to genre, i.e. SAMP_MYST.


The barcode is placed on the inside back cover of the book about one inch from the top to make room for the plastic cover that will later be placed over the book.

The books are sent directly to the General Reference Dept. chair after cataloging.

Maintained by: Carol Barksdale

Last Updated: September 2002

Location / Hours

The Catalog Department is located on Level 6 of the Harold B. Lee Library. The Department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.