Library Classification Trends in the 21st Century

Library Classification Trends in the 21st Century

1st Edition - November 18, 2011

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  • Author: Rajendra Kumbhar
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346609
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632988

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Library Classification Trends in the 21st Century traces development in and around library classification as reported in literature published in the first decade of the 21st century. It reviews literature published on various aspects of library classification, including modern applications of classification such as internet resource discovery, automatic book classification, text categorization, modern manifestations of classification such as taxonomies, folksonomies and ontologies and interoperable systems enabling crosswalk. The book also features classification education and an exploration of relevant topics.

Key Features

  • Covers all aspects of library classification
  • It is the only book that reviews literature published over a decade’s time span (1999-2009)
  • Well thought chapterization which is in tune with the LIS and classification curriculum


Classification researchers, LIS faculties and postgraduate students in library and information science

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Glossary of classification terminology

    About the author

    Chapter 1: Knowledge organisation and knowledge organisation systems



    Knowledge organisation and knowledge organisation systems – history and trends

    Importance and functions of knowledge organisation systems

    Chapter 2: Classification and its uses


    Importance in the digital era

    Specific uses of classification

    Chapter 3: Construction of classification schemes


    Methods of constructing classification schemes

    Postulational approach and hierarchy

    Specific approaches to construction of classification schemes



    Book numbering systems

    Classification terminology

    Software for construction of classification schemes

    Translations of classification schemes

    Facet analysis and its application

    Chapter 4: General classification schemes


    Dewey Decimal Classification

    Colon Classification

    Universal Decimal Classification

    Library of Congress Classification

    Bliss Bibliographic Classification

    Subject classification -Brown

    Other general classification schemes

    Choice of classification schemes

    Chapter 5: Special classification schemes and classification of non-bibliographic entities



    Special classification schemes for specific subjects

    Special classification schemes for documents in specific forms

    Classification of non-bibliographic entities

    Chapter 6: Automatic book classification, reclassification and non-classificatory approaches to knowledge organisation


    Automatic book classification


    Non-classificatory approaches to knowledge organisation

    Chapter 7: Classification education



    Classification education in different countries

    Chapter 8: Modern knowledge organisation systems and interoperability




    Taxonomies – meaning

    Domain-based taxonomies

    Ontology – meaning

    Folksonomies – meaning

    Interoperability – meaning, need and methods

    Chapter 9: Text categorisation



    Text categorisation – different nomenclatures

    Text categorisation of non-English text

    Tools, models, methods and algorithms used in text categorisation

    Use of k-NN in text categorisation

    Use of SVM in text categorisation

    Hierarchical classification system for text categorisation

    Uses of text categorisation

    Chapter 10: Classification: theories, research trends and personalities


    Classification theories

    Conferences related to classification

    Research trends in classification

    Classification personalities

    Books on classification published during 1999–2009



Product details

  • No. of pages: 186
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: November 18, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346609
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632988

About the Author

Rajendra Kumbhar

Dr. Rajendra Kumbhar is Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Pune, India. Dr. Kumbhar has been teaching classification, knowledge organization, vocabulary control and other related topics for more than 20 years. As a part of his doctoral research he compiled a comprehensive classification schedule and thesaurus of LIS and has published books and articles on this topic.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Pune, India

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