Information Studies


INST0010 Cataloguing and Classification

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.

Each week includes a 1.5 hour practical session, in which students use the RDA Toolkit, MARC manual, Classification Web and WebDewey

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Compulsory for: MA LIS
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