Library of Congress Classification
Instructor: Catelynne Sahadath
Dates: April 2nd to 27th, 2018
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system popular in academic libraries. Its hierarchical nature gives it a structure that can be deceptively difficult to master. This course will give learners the skills to analyze the subject matter of given resources in order to assign a classification. Learners will use the Library of Congress’ freely available online resources to create accurate, meaningful classification numbers. Participants in this course will be presented with exercises designed to develop their classification skills, case studies and scenarios designed to develop problem-solving and decision making skills in the face of ambiguous situations.
Learners are encouraged to bring their own real-world examples for discussion with the rest of the class, and are also encouraged to contribute to the discussions about their classmates’ classification dilemmas.
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Analyze the subject matter of a resource to assign a LCC number
- Use the Library of Congress’ freely available online tools to build classification numbers
- Create Cutter numbers for resources
- Make decisions regarding resources with ambiguous classifications
- Critically analyze existing Library of Congress 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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