Asynchronous eCourse beginning April 3, 2017 and
continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Violet Fox.
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 20
Certificate of Completion available upon request
With the expert cataloging instruction of Violet Fox, you will gain a comprehensive grounding in Dewey Decimal Classification® principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign DDC® numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables, and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library.
- Know how to read and interpret DDC® notation and analyze how to apply it in real-world library situations
- Competently search WebDewey® for the assignment of DDC® numbers
- Be able to use DDC® Tables for number-building and successfully build longer DDC® numbers
Experienced users will benefit from guidance in building complex numbers, in using Table 3 for literature, and ideas for more effective use of the DDC® system.
Participants will need access to a WebDewey® subscription, either through their institutional subscription or by the free 30-day trial available from the OCLC® website. Please note that a WebDewey® subscription is not automatically provided by enrolling in this eCourse.
The 23rd Edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index is ©2011-2014 OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (“OCLC”). All copyright rights in all previous editions of the Dewey Decimal Classification are owned by OCLC. WebDewey screen shots are ©2014 OCLC. Mr. Dewey and His Dot are ©1992 OCLC. Dewey, DDC, Dewey Decimal Classification, OCLC, and WebDewey are registered trademarks/service marks of OCLC. Used with permission.
- Identify the parts of the DDC® and become familiar with the main classes, Divisions, and sections
- “Read” the patterns in existing DDC® numbers and express the meaning of numbers in hierarchy
- Understand how DDC® can be applied to make library collections browsable
- Log in to WebDewey® and
- Navigate the hierarchy of the Main Schedules and Tables
- Search and browse for concepts that are in the Relative Index
- Assign appropriate DDC® numbers to simple concepts
- Choose appropriate DDC® numbers from the main schedules for subjects with multiple facets that may require a table of preference or consultation of the Manual
- Use Table 1 to add standard subdivisions with the correct number of zeroes
- Apply major patterns from the tables for geography and groups of people
- Apply the concept of “approximate the whole” and its exceptions
- Do complex number-building with base numbers and pieces of other numbers
- Follow number-building instructions through multiple steps in the main schedules and tables
- Truncate DDC® numbers correctly to preserve meaning
- Make decisions about appropriate length of DDC® numbers for different collections within your library
- Build synthetic numbers for specific languages in the 400 class using Tables 6 and 4
- Read the meaning of numbers in the 800 class that you find in library collections
- Build synthetic numbers for literature in the 800 class using Tables 3A, 3B, and 3C
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on April 3, 2017. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Violet Fox will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
At Your Service
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About the Instructor
Violet Fox is the Metadata Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. She completed her MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool and currently serves as the News Editor for Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. Her research interests include the intricacies of zine cataloging and the ethical implications of classification.