Library Classification Trends in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Authors: Rajendra Kumbhar
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346609
eBook ISBN: 9781780632988
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 18th November 2011
Page Count: 186
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Table of Contents


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: Classifi


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


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This book would serve as a good introductory textbook for a library science student or as a reference work on the types of classification currently in use., College and Research Libraries

About the Authors

Rajendra Kumbhar Author

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