Library of congress classification guide

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library of congress classification guide

A Guide to the Library of Congress Classification by Lois Mai Chan

Completely updating Immroths Guide to the Library of Congress Classification (Libraries Unlimited, 1990), Chans work adheres to the purpose of previous editions-to provide readers with a basic understanding of the Library of Congress Classification system and its applications. After introducing the classification and giving a brief history of its development, the author presents readers with the general principles, structure, and format of the scheme. She then discusses and illustrates the use of tables. In an entire chapter that is new to this book, Chan provides a general discourse on assigning LC call numbers. Discussion of applications is continued with emphasis on individual classes and specific types of library materials. Appendixes include tables of general application and models for subarrangement of divisions and topics within disciplines. Throughout the book, examples appear, taken from recent Library of Congress Machine-Readable Cataloging (LC MARC) records. A bibliography lists selecte
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Library of Congress Classification System: Library of Congress Classification System

It is used by most research and academic libraries in the U. J Wj ". The classification was invented by Herbert Putnam in , just before he assumed the librarianship of Congress. By the time Putnam departed from his post in , all the classes except K Law and parts of B Philosophy and Religion were well developed. LCC has been criticized for lacking a sound theoretical basis; many of the classification decisions were driven by the practical needs of that library rather than epistemological considerations. That is, it provides a guide to the books actually in one library's collections, not a classification of the world. In The Wall Street Journal reported that in the countries it surveyed most public libraries and small academic libraries used the older Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Home About Contact. It begins with an introduction, recounting its history and development, leading up to an explanation of principles, structure, tables, and notation. LCC tools and aids are listed thereafter with a description of the use of technology for efficient and consistent number building, and the process of proposing new numbers online to be added to the LCC schedules. Finally, analyzing both its advantages and criticisms it concludes that LCC is a suitable classification system for libraries. Please note that if you click on some image then it will appear in full enlarged view. It was developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections of the Library of Congress. Over the course of the twentieth century, the system was adopted for use by other libraries as well, especially large academic libraries in the United States.



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  1. Lorraine B. says:

    Library of Congress Classification and Subjects

  2. Timothee B. says:

    The Western Libraries, like many academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress Classification system to assign call numbers.

  3. Travers L. says:

    The book examines each part of the LCC call number and how it is assembled and guides the reader through each step of finding and constructing LCC class numbers in Classification Web the primary resource used to access LCC.

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