Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Learn Dewey Decimal Classification

Mortimer, Mary. Learn Dewey Decimal Classification. 1st North American Ed. Friendswood, TX, TotalRecall Publications Inc., 2007 978-1-59095-804-9 025.431 Morti

From Library Journal
The current trend in cataloging courses is to emphasize theory with little or no practical experience given. However, it is important for professionals, paraprofessionals, and library students to at least have a working knowledge of cataloging basics. Both of these books cover the basic skills necessary to classify in either the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) or the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The chapters and exercises are clearly written and to the point, with the answers also included. Both workbooks should be used in sequence as each chapter builds on the lessons of the previous ones. Not every LCC schedule is used. Examples and exercises were chosen to reinforce the general principles that apply across all schedules. Recommended for professionals and paraprofessionals seeking professional development, students wanting to supplement their courses with practical applications, and library schools offering distance learning courses in cataloging.

Product Description
This combined text and workbook covers the theories and principles of Dewey Decimal Classification and then offers readers immediate practice in putting the information to use. Plentiful, clear explanations, examples and practice exercises illustrate every aspect of Dewey Decimal Classification and help students master creating DDC numbers. The book also includes a new chapter on WebDewey; a glossary that defines technical terms in simple language; and an index. It is an easy to use study tool for all library students and library staff who need to be familiar with at least the basics. Unlike other materials available for learning the DDC, this book combines workbook with instructional text. As such, the student can refer to it beyond the course.