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Classification in theory and practice

By: Batley, Susan (London Metropolitan University, UK)

Part of the Chandos information professional series series
1843340836 / 9781843340836
Out of print
United Kingdom
24 cm xi, 181 p.
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Summary: This book covers all of the major library classification schemes in use in Europe, UK and US.

It includes practical exercises to demonstrate their application.

Importantly, the book includes classifying electronic resources.

The aim of the book is to demystify a very complex subject, and to provide a sound theoretical underpinning, together with practical advice and development of practical skills.

The book fills the gap between more complex theoretical texts and those books with a purely practical approach.

The book concentrates purely on classification rather than cataloguing and indexing, ensuring a more in-depth coverage of the topic.

Key features are: it covers the latest Dewey Decimal Classification, 22nd edition; it provides practical advice on which schemes will be most suitable for different types of library collection; and it covers classification of electronic resources and taxonomy construction.

The author, Dr Batley is a senior lecturer at the London Metropolitan University with teaching and research in the areas of organisation and retrieval of information and knowledge resources.Readership: The book is aimed at library and information practitioners, and students of librarianship, information studies and information management.

Contents include: Introduction - classification theory; library classification schemes; enumerative schemes: basic principles; and faceted schemes: basic principles.

Classification schemes for general collections include - Dewey Decimal Classification: coverage, structure, notation, practical exercises; Library of Congress Classification: coverage, structure, notation, practical exercises.

Classification schemes for specialist collections include - Universal Decimal Classification: coverage, structure, notation, practical exercises; faceted schemes: creating a faceted classification scheme, structure, facets and sub-facets, notation.

Classifying electronic resources include - subject trees; taxonomies; and ontologies.


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