This case study explores issues of interoperability and shared collection management between two libraries – one community and one academic – located within the American Jewish University (AJU). AJU’s choice to use two separate classification systems, Library of Congress and Elazar, respectively, provides a necessary separation of academic and religious context, but limits record access between the two collections. Specifically, this study aims to answer the following core research question: is consolidation into one classification scheme both a realistic and helpful solution for increased interoperability? Examining the history, patron needs, and principles of arrangement in both systems provided further insights regarding shared or coexisting collections between libraries that fulfill more than one role. Suggestions for further research are considered, as they relate to theological collections as well as other context-dependent classification systems.

About Author

Chloe Noland is currently working on completing her MLIS in the iSchool program at SJSU, and gaining experience as a library assistant in Los Angeles, CA. Her interests include preservation management, cataloging and metadata practices, literary journalism, and library taxonomy. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys running, playing pool, and watching horror movies.