Introduction to Library Classification in Dewey and LC
Instructor: Catelynne Sahadath
Dates: January 8th through February 16th, 2018
Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs
Creating call numbers is one of the most creative and interesting parts of resource description. It gives library professionals the ability to classify knowledge and augments the meaningfulness of the library collection. The purpose of this course is to teach you the mechanics of Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Classification numbers. Classification numbers exist to group similar items together, while allowing libraries to make materials findable by users.
By the end of this course students will:
- Use WebDewey (access included with the course) to create Dewey Decimal Classification numbers
- Use freely available online tools to create Library of Congress Classification numbers
- Create call numbers based on pre-existing shelflists
- Create classification numbers for children's material and internet resources
- Learn the principles of classification for digital libraries
- Learn how to enter classification numbers into MARC records
Catelynne Sahadath is the Social Sciences Data Librarian at the University of Ottawa. She was formerly the Head of Metadata Development at the University of Calgary, and has previously worked on cataloguing and digitization projects for the Government of Canada. She holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, as well as an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. Interview with Catelynn Sahadath
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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