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Classification in Theory and Practice - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843340836, 9781780630748

Classification in Theory and Practice

1st Edition

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Authors: Susan Batley
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843340942
Paperback ISBN: 9781843340836
eBook ISBN: 9781780630748
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st January 2005
Page Count: 196
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Table of Contents

Classification in theory and practice; Classification schemes for general collections; Classification schemes for specialist collections; Classifying electronic resources; Summary.


This book covers all of the major library classification schemes in use in Europe, UK and US; it includes practical exercises to demonstrate their application. Importantly, classifying electronic resources is also discussed. The aim of the book is to demystify a very complex subject, and to provide a sound theoretical underpinning, together with practical advice and development of practical skills. The book fills the gap between more complex theoretical texts and those books with a purely practical approach. Chapters concentrate purely on classification rather than cataloguing and indexing, ensuring a more in-depth coverage of the topic.

Key Features

  • Covers the latest Dewey Decimal Classification, 22nd edition
  • Provides practical advice on which schemes will be most suitable for different types of library collection
  • Covers classification of electronic resources and taxonomy construction


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


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…clearly written and easy to follow., Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services

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About the Authors

Susan Batley

Dr Susan Batley is a senior lecturer at the London Metropolitan University with teaching and research in the areas of organisation and retrieval of information and knowledge resources. Having completed a PhD on factors affecting the retrieval of information from picture databases in 1989, she worked as a subject librarian at the University of East London, before taking up her current post in 1996. Dr Batley is the author of another Chandos book, Classification in Theory and Practice.

Affiliations and Expertise

London Metropolitan University, UK