ERIC Number: ED160057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-8
Retention of Dewey Decimal Classification at DePaul University Library.
Brown, Doris R.
While many libraries joined the trend to convert to the Library of Congress classification scheme in the 60's and early 70's, DePaul University Library never made a definitive decision about retaining Dewey or converting to LC. The realization that benefits from standardized classification can be realized using the Dewey system and cost considerations for reclassification are important factors in proposing that DePaul retain the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme. The library would receive greater and more far-reaching benefits by expending time and money on a total online automated system that would tie together the functional departments of the library: Acquisitions and Serials, Cataloging, Reference, and Media and Circulation. The system would consist of a basic local file that would use a broader system such as MARC tapes or the OCLC data base for online formation of the bibliographic record. A total automated system would follow an item from point of searching through ordering and receipt, on to cataloging and then to circulation, providing necessary subject access along the way. More comprehensive subject access and increased access points lead to better service for faculty and students. (Author/JAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: De Paul Univ., Chicago, IL.