Dewey Decimal Classification
Instructor: Shawne Miksa
Dates: September 3rd through 28th, 2019
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
This course focuses on learning the structure and notational system of the Dewey Decimal Classification system, 23rd edition, using a combination of print (when available) and WebDewey. The Introduction to DDC functions as a mini-textbook and will be used as the primary source of number building techniques.
The best way to learn DDC is to understand its structure. This course takes a unique approach to learning DDC by first addressing how a pure numerical notation works to represent the class structure in an hierarchical system, including how chains and arrays work, the expressiveness and hospitality of notation, and how DDC uses Centered Headings in the class schedules to interrupt the hierarchy.
Course exercises will focus on understanding the role of the Tables and Relative Index, especially Standard Subdivisions from Table 1 and geographic subdivisions from Table 2; students will learn various ‘add devices’ used to synthesize numbers.
Course Objectives and Goals
By the end of the course students will:
- Learn the structure and logic behind this long standing library classification system
- Build/construct DDC numbers for a range of information resources and for different library environments
- Develop a firm understanding of how to use the Manual and Tables when building class numbers
- Have a firm grasp of number building techniques and devices, as well as knowledge of the Manual, Tables, and Relative Index
- Learn how WebDewey is used to build DDC numbers
This is an asynchronous course with built-in course materials and series of weekly assignments. Some course materials may be recorded.
Dr Shawne Miksa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science in the College of Information at the University of North Texas. Since 1998, Dr Miksa has published and taught in a variety of areas within LIS including the organization, control, and access to information resources (e.g., cataloging rules and encoding standards such as RDA, AACR2, MARC21, etc.), knowledge organization systems (LCC, DDC, LCSH, etc.), LIS education in information organization, bibliometrics and scholarly and scientific communication, information behavior, history and foundation of library and information sciences, and theory development in LIS.
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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