Aims to provide a grounding in the principles of Cataloguing and Classification and practical experience in analysing and describing a range of materials using the current standards.
By the end of the module, students will have a theoretical and practical understanding of:
- the purpose and history of cataloguing, particularly within the Anglo-American tradition
- bibliographic models, including the IFLA Library Reference Model
- bibliographic description, focusing on RDA in MARC (Resource Description and Access in MAchine Readable Cataloguing)
- the principles of document analysis and subject indexing
- the two major general classication schemes, Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
- Library of Congress Subject Headings
- the limits and challenges inherent in current systems, including "radical cataloguing"
- the future of cataloguing, including the latest developments in Linked Open Data.
Compulsory for: MA LIS
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