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ANSCR stands for Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings. The ANSCR system is used to organize the Library's collection of compact discs instead of the Dewey decimal classification system. In the Library catalog, the call number for a compact disc is a series of letters and numbers in four groups. Each group is called a "term".
What an ANSCR call number looks like:
On the computer: B MOZA MF A20
On the label of the item:
B (Term 1--Type of music)
Explanation of the four terms:
Term 1 (Type of music)
The letter or letters stands for a type of music. The letters are an attempt to group types of music together on the shelf. There is no mnemonic relationship between the letters used for the first term and the CD. If there is more than one piece of music on a CD, term 1 is selected based on the first piece on music on the CD. That is why you may find a CD with a wide variety of classical music and the call number might only apply to one small part of it.
Term 2 (Composer or Performer)
For classical music, term 2 consists of a 4-letter abbreviation for the composer's last name.
For popular music, which is mostly oriented toward performers, term 2 is usually based on the performer's last name.
Term 3 (Title of work or album)
For classical music, term 3 is based on the title of the work.
For popular music, term 3 is taken from the first initial of the first three words of the CD's title, not including articles and prepositions.
Term 4 (Performer)
If a performer is prominently featured, term 4 starts with the initial letter of the performer's last name. Otherwise, term 4 is taken from the record company's label number.