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Classification at a Crossroads – Prestentaions Available

The International UDC Seminar 2009 entitled “Classification at a Crossroads – multiple directions to usability” took place last month in the Koninklijke Bibiotheek in the Hague. The presentation slides and most of the MP3 recordings of the presentations are now available.

Some selected highlights:

  • Illuminating chaos: using classification to harness the Web / Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland (USA)
  • Concepts and terms in faceted classification / Vanda Broughton, University College London (UK)
  • Open Web standards and classification: foundations for a hybrid approach / Dan Brickley, Vrije University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Visual analysis of classification scheme / Veslava Osinska, Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)
  • UDC and folksonomies / Alenka Šauperl, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Looks like some very interesting activity.

Canadian Extensions to U.S. Subject Access Tools

There’s an interesting write up in this month’s Library Resources & Technical Services journal by Robert P. Holley a LIS prof at Wayne State.  Subject Access Tools in English for Canadian Topics surveys the penchant of the Canadian library profession’s to adapt and build on existing American subject access tools.  Holley includes our Canadian Subject Headings, FC Classification for history, PS8000/9000 for Canadian lit and even briefly touches on our law classification developed at the York University Law Library:  KF Modified.  A useful historical overview.

Response to Mann's Response to LC Report

James Weinheimer, Director of Library and Information Services, at the American University of Rome, has posted a response to Thomas Mann’s comments on the WoGroFuBiCo report. He begins by saying: “While I agree with many of the points raised in Mr. Mann’s report, there are
important differences that I feel need to be discussed and debated
.” Weinheimer provides some excellent commentary on the shortcomings of LCSH and classification and how they are accessed in current library catalogues. Interesting reading and a great follow up to Mann’s response.

Reclassing F1001-1145 to FC Classification

There is a new cataloguing memo available regarding the reclassing F1001-1145 to FC Classification.

Please be reminded that York classes Canadian history in FC. LC classes Canadian history in F1001-1145. When working with copy classed with LC classification, please reclass to FC.

Do NOT use LC numbers F 1001-1145.2 for Canadian history, instead reclass these numbers to the appropriate number in the FC schedule.

Please do not simply modify the F 1000 number by changing it to FC 1000, etc.

In some copy the appropriate FC number will appear in tag 055 (NLC Call Number). If it does you can use the number in the 055 tag as a guide but please also consult the FC schedule. If you run into any problems with the FC schedule please see Heather Fraser.

If your copy does NOT contain tag 055, please bring the item to Heather Fraser.

Please take some time to review the memo!
Reclassing F1001-1145 to FC Classification Cataloguing Memo