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Essential Classification, Second Edition
Vanda Broughton
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1369-7
 
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $75.00
 
 
 
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432 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1369-7
Year Published: 2015
AP Categories: A

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Classification is a crucial skill for all information workers involved in organizing collections. This new edition offers fully revised and updated guidance on how to go about classifying a document from scratch. Cataloging authority Broughton leads the novice classifier step by step through the basics of subject cataloging, with an emphasis on practical document analysis and classification.  Her book 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. Key areas covered include:
  • the need for classification;
  • the variety of classification;
  • the structure of classification;
  • working with informal classification;
  • management aspects of classification; and
  • classification in digital space.
Fully updated to reflect changes to the major general schemes (Library of Congress, LCSH, Dewey and UDC) since the first edition, and with added chapters on working with informal classification, from folksonomies to tagging and social media, this new edition will set catalogers on the right path.
Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The need for classification
3. First principles of classification
4. The variety of classification: systems and structures
5. The classification scheme: internal structure
6. Types of classification scheme
7. Order in the classification scheme
8. Content analysis 1: document description
9. Content analysis 2: practical constraints
10. Controlled indexing languages
11. Word-based approaches to retrieval
12. Library of Congress Subject Headings 1: basic headings
13. Library of Congress Subject Headings 2: structured headings
14. Classification scheme application
15. Library of Congress Classification 1: basic classmark construction
16. Library of Congress Classification 1: use of tables
17. Dewey Decimal Classification
18. Universal Decimal Classification 1: general properties and basic number building
19. Universal Decimal Classification 1: auxiliary tables
20. Faceted classification
21. Managing classification

About the Author

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 the author of two other Facet titles, Essential Library of Congress Subject Headings and Essential Thesaurus Construction.
Reviews

”The book’s greatest strengths are its focus exclusively on classification (i.e. without the descriptive cataloging element), a strong theoretical component, and greater focus on UDC. The additional inclusion of profuse examples, exercises (with answers), and bulleted summaries makes the book useful as an introductory library science text, a self-learning manual, or a refresher."
— ARBA

”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
 
 

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