ERIC Number: ED047749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Local Applicability of the Library of Congress Classification; A Survey with Special Reference to Non-Anglo-American Libraries.
The present examination shows that the classification scheme of the Library of Congress (LC) must be considered as unsuited for use in Danish and, in all likelihood, other non-English language libraries as well. The book collection of the Library of Congress on which its bibliographical service rests, is possibly more special than would first be imagined. As far as the classifying process is concerned, LC is unsuited for systematizing on various levels, including simplification for use in open shelving. Neither is it immediately amenable to other types of adaptation required for non-Anglo-American libraries for language reasons. LC does not have the same receptiveness and flexibility to enable the user to use different paths of access to the same literature and at the same time afford purposeful browsing. It lacks firm structural principles which certainly can lead the classifier and to the correct place. (Author/MF)
Descriptors: Classification, Foreign Countries, Foreign Language Books, Library of Congress Classification, Library Technical Processes
FID/CR Secretariat, Danmarks Tekniske Bibliotek med Dansk Central for Dokumentation, Oster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K., Denmark ($2.80)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: International Federation for Documentation, The Hague (Netherlands). Committee on Classification Research.
Authoring Institution: Danish Centre for Documentation, Copenhagen.
Note: FID Publ. Serie-No. 405