To provide clarity and uniformity in the rendering of book spine titles, a set of standard guidelines and abbreviations have been established from input provided by the UC binderies and the UC preservation operations committee.

General Guidelines

  1. Use all upper case letters in both the mid spine area and the call number area (this has been amended to allow lower case in the call number)
  2. Eliminate spaces and use periods only where necessary to separate elements, i.e., PT. 2, PP. 1-32, C. 2, or for series, i.e., N. S.
  3. Discontinue the use of codes (e.g., dashes or periods) to indicate line spacing, and use three spaces between titles and subtitles. The binderies apply standard spacing between elements, based on the thickness of the book and the size of type used.

Mid-Spine Abbreviations (Titles)

WordApproved UC Style
PagesP.
PartPT.
Supplement(s)SUPPL(S)
First1st
Second2nd
Third3rd
Fourth4th
Volume 1010
Number 10NO. 10

Some campuses use foreign terms (tome, folge), which should be abbreviated similarly:

WordApproved UC Style
Tome 1010
New SeriesN. S.
SeriesSER
MonthJAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUG, SEPT, OCT, NOV, DEC
Months DoubleJAN-JUNE, APR-JUNE, JULY-DEC, etc.
SpringSPR
SummerSUM
FallFALL
WinterWIN
Years1|9|8|7-8|8
(Option to print 1987/88 and 1986/87-1987/88 for volumes that are published on the fiscal year)
ProceedingsPROC
PublicationsPUBLS
TransactionsTRANS

Call Number Abbreviations

WordApproved UC Style
Copy 2C. 2
Part 2PT. 2
ReferenceREF
VolumeV. 10
NumberNO. 1-2

Foreign words for "volume" or "part" in the call number. They should be abbreviated similarly, but consistently for a given title.

WordApproved UC Style
Tome 2T. 2
Folge 2F. 2
New SeriesN. S.
SeriesSER

Shelving locations (Imprint). Retain option to place imprint either above or below call number.

Additions:

WordApproved UC Style
SpringSPR
SummerSUM
FallFALL
WinterWIN