A Handbook of History, Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System (Paperback)

A Handbook of History, Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System By Alex Kyrios, M. P. Satija Cover Image

A Handbook of History, Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System (Paperback)

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The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), used in 200,000 libraries across 140 countries, has entered a new age, primarily maintained today as a continuously revised electronic system rather than an occasionally updated set of print volumes. Its editors have added newly emerging topics and made it an increasingly faceted, semantically rich, modern system. Simultaneously, the editorial process has become democratised and more responsive to global needs. A Handbook of History, Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System is a comprehensive, practical guide to today's DDC. Coverage includes

  • a brief history of the system, its editors, and its development;
  • specialized examinations of specific parts of the classification;
  • extensive guidance on number building, with many examples;
  • a WebDewey-specific chapter, covering the system's benefits and features; and
  • concise summaries of primary takeaways, a glossary, and extensive bibliography.

Alex Kyrios is the Senior Editor of the Dewey Decimal Classification at OCLC, based out of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC USA. He is responsible for overseeing the continuous updating and revision of the classification, and works with partners and volunteers around the world to do so. Previously, he was a cataloguer at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. and the University of Idaho. He has an M.S. in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in English from the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Professor M. P. Satija is an Emeritus fellow in the Department of Library & Information Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, India. In his long professional career he has written extensively on library classification systems, especially the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Colon Classification. He has authored textbooks on every edition of the DDC since the 19th (1979). He has collaborated with three successive editors of the DDC and his works have been translated in many European, and Asian languages. Dr Satija serves on the editorial boards of many international journals including the ISKO journal Knowledge Organization, and is a member of the UDC Consortium, The Hague.

Product Details ISBN: 9781783306091
ISBN-10: 1783306092
Publisher: Facet Publishing
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2023
Pages: 264
Language: English
"An essential volume for any library’s professional reference shelf— even if the library does not use the DDC as its main classification scheme. It also serves as a great instructional primer for newly-minted technical services librarians seeking succinct, easy-to-access information about how the DDC’s tables, charts, and indexes are arranged, governed, and function ... [It] has the potential to serve as the primary DDC handbook for years to come."
— Technicalities