This item is in: Chandos > Information management > Archives, cataloguing and classificationThe Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System (Second edition)
M. P. Satija, Guru Nanak Dev University, India
Chandos Information Professional Series
- provides a comprehensive chronology of the DDC from the birth of Melvil Dewey, in 1931, to 2012
- describes the governance, revision machinery and updating process
- gives a table of all editors of the DDC
- describes the structure of knowledge as represented in the DDC
- explains the process of subject analysis with respect to the system
The Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC) is the world’s most popular library classification system. The 23rd edition of the DDC was published in 2011. This second edition of The Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System examines the history, management and technical aspects of the DDC up to its latest edition. The book places emphasis on explaining the structure and number building techniques in the DDC and reviews all aspects of subject analysis and number building by the most recent version of the DDC. A history of, and introduction to, the DDC is followed by subject analysis and locating class numbers, chapters covering use of the tables and subdivisions therein, multiple synthesis, and using the relative index. In the appendix, a number of academically-interesting questions are identified and answered.
Readership: Practitioners and students of library and information science, the world over.ISBN 1 84334 738 5
ISBN-13: 978 1 84334 738 5
200 pages 234 x 156mm paperback
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About the author
M. P. Satija is a Professor of Library and Information Science at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. He has been writing about the DDC and other related areas in knowledge organization, in international journals, for the last two decades. He has collaborated with the two successive chief editors of the DDC, and is the Indian Coordinator of the International Society for Knowledge Organization.
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A brief history of the Dewey Decimal Classification; Governance and revision of the DDC; Introduction to the text in four volumes; Basic plan and structure; Subject analysis and locating class numbers; Table and rules for precedence of classes; Number building; Use of Table 1: standard subdivisions; Use of Table 2: Geographic areas, historical periods, biography; Use of Table 3: subdivisions for the arts, individual literatures for literary forms; Table 4: subdivisions of individual languages and language families, and Table 6: languages; Using Table 5: ethnic and national groups; Multiple synthesis; Using the relative index; Appendices; Glossary of terms; References and further reading; DDC Web links.