5.2 Classification in School Libraries
As I’m reading through the section on how libraries can be organised and the collection grouped, I’m bursting to write about my local library… maybe I’ll do a video?
But I wanted to share about the new Local History Research Room that recently opened. The library had a research room for local history but this one is much bigger and looks amazing (from the outside, I haven’t been in yet).
Our local library uses the Dewey Decimal System, with non-fiction titles for all ages inter shelved (when I was growing up the library had a separate junior non-fiction section). The fiction section is separated into Large Print and normal print books, with some trade paperbacks (such as Mills and Boon) shelved on circular freestanding shelving. DVDs have their own section and Foreign language materials their own. The children’s fiction is separate to the adults, with picture books around the walls, board books in low, accessible boxes and a small section of simple factual books. Premier’s Reading Challenge books are shelved separately to the other books and there is a large selection of graded readers and graphic novels. The teen or young adult section is separate again with fiction and graphic novel subsections. I have been to one library (a university library I visited in high school) that didn’t use Dewey – I’m guessing they used LoC, but I don’t remember (it was over 20 years ago).
5.3 Dewey Decimal Classification
I’m really not sure how in depth I need to understand this. I am planning to come back to this more when I work on this aspect of Assignment 2.
OCLC has created an exciting experimental web page, ‘Classify’ http://classify.oclc.org/classify2/
Check your textbook on ‘Classify’ to see what DDC classification number is most commonly applied to that resource.
What impact do you feel this site might have on assigning classification numbers if it becomes a permanent service?
I first looked for our textbook, but then I decided to search for one of the books I am currently reading – Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. It’s most commonly classified in 306.487, in Games and Hobbies. Now, obviously I’m not an expert at classification but this particular classification seems to ignore that the book is primarily about computer games (794.8), and that it is about social good.
The issue I can see with Classify is that it encourages herd thinking “What is everyone else thinking?” rather than thoughtful consideration.
This submodule is going to take a while because there are training webinars to watch and documents to read…
Web Dewey Technical Handbook, Exercises
Exercise: Find the correct DDC number. Which rule supports that choice?
1. Leopards, tigers, and lions (interdisciplinary work)
2. History of Swaziland and Lesotho
3. Volcanoes and earthquakes (interdisciplinary work)
4. Obedience training for your miniature Schnauzer
5. Middle-aged veterans as workers [labor economics]
- 599.75 – it covers members of the cat family and I can’t find any notes on where to put an ID otherwise
- 968.8 – this covers the history of Swaziland (now called Eswatini) and Lesotho
- 363.34/95 – specific heading for volcanoes and earthquakes
- 636.7/0887 – Dogs, care and maintenance, obedience training
- 331.3/94 – labor economics, middle aged workers
Exercise: What is the correct built number?
1. Journal of marketing management
2. History of banks in Washington, DC
3. Thai cooking: recipes
4. Foreign relations between the United States and Canada (emphasis on U.S.)
There are some further optional exercises in this module, and more workbooks that we could use but I think I need to wait until we have the assignment work to get right into it.
5.4 DDC in School Libraries
After a three week break from module work I am finally back to completing this module!
Examine 3:C1 (p. 3-4) which gives the rationale for SCIS decisions on, and adaptations to, DDC 23 and ADDC 15. Do you agree with the logic used here?
I don’t think SCIS is always right in their decisions. I know my friend and fellow student Marika has commented that SCIS has catalogued many rhyming picture books in with poetry in Dewey rather than as a traditional fiction/picture book. I think librarians also need the discretion to change a Dewey number. For example, a book on War Ships may be classified with ships in general but it may make more sense for that particular collection and cohort to have that book classified in with the other books on War because students are unlikely to look for war books in the transport collection.
Read 3:C3 (p. 3-4). In the last paragraph SCIS effectively argues that the assigning of RDA access points and vocabulary based subject access are more important in assisting users to locate the resources they need than Dewey classification numbers. Do you agree?
I disagree that it is trying to say that, but I also disagree that RDA Access points are more important in a primary school library. While RDA Access points are important, students in a primary school need to reliably find things on the shelf, and are less likely to be independently using the OPAC. I also feel that this section is an argument against genrefication, which I disagree with.
I am finding the building of Dewey numbers to be overwhelming and now I need to read about the SCIS adaptations to that and it’s just too much today. I’m going to come back to it. Probably when doing my assignment.
Exercise 5 – my answers
a. A collection of short (fictional) stories by Henry Lawson – Dewey/NF. Fiction. I guess I’m thinking about my local library that would put this in the 800s with Australian Literature
b. A novel written specifically for remedial readers – Fiction ✔︎
c. A critical work on the short (fictional) stories of Henry Lawson – Dewey/NF, critical works ✔︎
d. A collection of ‘liberated’ fairy tales written by a feminist writer – Fiction ✔︎
e. A video tape of ‘Thomas the tank engine’ stories – Fiction ✔︎
f. A simple picture book on farm animals – Fiction, although possibly non-fiction depending on content – This says NF. I say I’m not wrong 😉 I just think there needs to be more information on this one
g. A picture book without words where the pictures tell a logical story – Fiction ✔︎
h. Mother Goose nursery rhymes – Non Fiction ✔︎
i. A set of readers written by top Australian children’s novelists – Probably Dewey since it’s a set ✔︎
j. Roald Dahl’s Revolting rhymes (a collection of short illustrated verses) – Dewey/Non Fiction ✔︎
a. Exploration of Australia by Betty Smith – EXP So this is supposed to be SMI. I’m confused. I think my local library uses the first three letters of the title for book numbers. But the Authorised Access point is the Author unless there isn’t one.
b. Swimming and diving by Sophie Li – SWI This was supposed to be LI. My issue is that it is not clear that this book is fiction. If it was NF it would be SWI. I think this question is poorly worded.
c. The best 100 years of film – BES ✔︎
Determine the special book number which would be assigned to the following items. Write the book number in its correct form, i.e., capitals.
Answers are at the end of the module.
a. A biography of Ned Kelly, the bushranger, by Peter Raddy – KEL ✔︎
b. A critical analysis of Jane Austen’s Persuasion by William Clive – AUS ✔︎
c. A Vietnamese folktale, The red wind, (origin unknown) retold by Richard La Sonta – SON This should be RED to go with the title as the AAP not the author.
Then we are on to Exercise 6 which is Dewey again, which just makes me want to cry.
a. A critical work on the short stories of Henry Lawson by Pat Le Bruin – Dewey for critical analysis, LAW ✔︎
b. Seven little Australians (a picture book version of this novel created by John Horne; original work by Ethel Turner) – F TUR ✔︎
c. Traumatic incidents in schools: Guidelines for staff for counselling students by D. Owen, M. Lankford, P. Hehir and S. Zhang – Dewey OWE ✔︎
d. The illustrated collection of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes illustrated by Jane Surrey – 398.2 MOT ✔︎
e. The Wagga Wagga Agricultural Show edited by Allan Gibbons- Fly – 630.74 WAG v
f. The discovery and exploration of Antarctica by Peter Hi – Dewey number HI ✔︎
g. A play written in 2015 by the German playwright Heidi Van Moln, closely based on the traditional tale The three little pigs – Dewey number for plays THR
h. A fictional Christmas story in French by Pierre Lüddecke – F LUD ✔︎
i. The harvesting of rice crops in northeastern India by Mary MacPherson – Dewey number MAC ✔︎
j. Work shop manual for the EH Holden (sedan passenger car) produced by General Motors Holden – Dewey number GEN
I give up. I hate this.