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ERIC Number: ED311895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan-31
Pages: 17
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Dewey Decimal Classification for U. S. Conn: An Advantage?
Marek, Kate
This paper examines the use of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system at the U. S. Conn Library at Wayne State College (WSC) in Nebraska. Several developments in the last 20 years which have eliminated the trend toward reclassification of academic library collections from DDC to the Library of Congress (LC) classification scheme are considered: LC has proven to be less than perfect for academic collections; LC now assigns both DDC and LC call numbers; and even items already assigned a classification number require the attention of library staff. The following questions are then addressed: (1) What things need to be considered when deciding whether to reclassify a collection? (2) What are the current size recommendations for using the LC system? (3) What percentage of books added to the WSC collection have LC and/or DDC numbers available? and (4) What would the costs be to reclassify the WSC collection and how would automation change the costs? It is concluded that WSC should not reclassify its collection at this time. The potential of DDC as an online search tool providing subject access to the collection is discussed. (17 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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