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Essential Classification leads the novice classifier step by step through the basics of subject cataloging, with an emphasis on practical document analysis and classification. It deals with fundamental questions of the purpose of classification in different situations, and the needs and expectations of end users. The reader is introduced to the ways in which document content can be assessed, and how this can best be expressed for translation into the language of specific indexing and classification systems.
Fully updated to reflect changes to the major general schemes (Library of Congress, LCSH, Dewey and UDC) since the first edition, and with new chapters on working with informal classification, from folksonomies to tagging and social media, this new edition will set catalogers on the right path.
This guide will be essential reading for library school students, novice catalogers and all information workers who need to classify but have not formally been taught how. It also offers practical guidance to computer scientists, internet and intranet managers, and all others concerned with the design and maintenance of subject tools.
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Vanda Broughton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), and Program Director for the MA in Library and Information Studies Program. She has taught, written and led training courses on classification for many years. She is Editor of the Bliss Bibliographic Classification, Second Edition and Associate Editor of the Universal Decimal Classification. She is also the author of Essential Library of Congress Subject Headings and Essential Thesaurus Construction.Review:
"An exemplary introduction to library classification. Broughton writes with uncommon lucidity and clearly understands how to make her subject come alive with interesting and engaging examples. An indispensable guide to neophyte catalogers and classifiers, this book is highly recommended for libraries collecting in library and information science." --Catholic Library World
"A basic yet comprehensive treatment of the subject of classification ... I recommend this book to anyone interested in gaining a strong foundation in classification, but most particularly to those new to the topic. It also would be useful to more seasoned catalogers who simply want to see the whole picture of what classification is and does." --Technicalities
"Whether the reader is a library science student, an entry level cataloger, or even an experienced cataloger who is looking for a refresher and some new skills, this book gives basic knowledge to begin assigning appropriate headings and call numbers to any resource ... Broughton's book is an essential resource for library science students interested in cataloging and metadata, as well as an asset to librarians and staff in a cataloging or metadata department." --Technical Services Quarterly
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