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ERIC Number: ED122787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-9
Pages: 82
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Dewey-Eyed Look at Children's Book Classification: A Comparison of Four Classification Schemes Used in Children's Libraries.
Polan, Ruth
Four classification schemes for subject access to children's books are compared. Two of these are general schemes (the "Dewey Decimal Classification" and the abridged "Dewey Decimal Classification"), and two others were devised specifically for children's books (the Toronto Public Library's "Boys and Girls Book Classification" and the Inglewood Public Library's "Library of Congress Classification Adapted for Children's Books"). The comparisons focus on books drawn from four subject areas (sports, animals, folktales, and music) and consider such criteria as specificity of classification, systematic organization of the subjects, comprehensiveness and flexibility of the schemes, and suitability of the notation. The question of whether or not a special classification scheme is necessary for children's books is also considered. The results of the study indicate that: (1) the "Dewey Decimal Classification" provides the most useful arrangement of the materials, based upon the stated criteria, and (2) special classification schemes for children's books are ill-advised and need not be used in children's libraries. An annotated bibliography is attached. (Author/LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of original document