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The Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System 2nd ed

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ISBN13: 9781843347385
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Chandos Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £52.50



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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 emphasises 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.

  • provides a comprehensive chronology of the DDC since 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

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Subjects:
Reference
Contents:
A brief history of the Dewey Decimal Classi-cation
Governance and revision of the DDC
Introduction to the text in four volumes
Basic plan and structure
Subject analysis and locating class numbers
Tables and rules for precedence of classes
Number-building
Use of Table 1: standard subdivisions
Use of Table 2: geographical areas, historical periods and persons
Use of Table 3: subdivisions for the arts, individual literatures and for literary forms
Use of Table 4 and Table 6: subdivisions of individual languages and their language families
Use of Table 5: ethnic and national groups
Multiple synthesis
Using the relative index.