Dewey Decimal Classification
Instructor: Catelynne Sahadath
Dates: February 5th through March 2nd, 2018
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
The Dewey Decimal Classification system is common in most public and some academic libraries. Sometimes its ubiquity can be confused with simplicity, as anyone who has tried to create a Dewey classification number can relate to. This course will give learners a solid foundation in the creation and interpretation of Dewey Decimal Classification numbers. Learners will be exposed to the steps necessary to assign classification and build Dewey numbers. Learners who are used to copy cataloguing Dewey numbers will finally have the opportunity to understand the methods used to build the classification numbers.
This course consists of lessons and practical exercises to give participants experience with classifying various types of resources. Participants will also have the opportunity to bring forth their own classification quandaries for group discussion. Learners will also be presented with unique cases for analysis and decision, and will be encouraged to question the classification numbers that they come across in their day to day work.
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Analyze the subject matter of a resource to assign a DDC number
- Use the functionality of Web Dewey to find, select, and build classification numbers
- Use the Dewey Decimal Classification tables to add depth to classification numbers
- Make decisions regarding resources with ambiguous classifications
- Critically analyze existing Dewey Decimal Classification numbers for the purpose of improving the quality of copy catalogue 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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