025: Essential Classification by Vanda Broughton

by Gerard


025.47: Broughton, Vanda. Essential Classification. Chicago: Neal Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2004. 293 pp. ISBN 1-5557-0507-3

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 000: Computer Science, Knowledge, and General Works
  • 020: Library and information science
  • 025: Operations of libraries, archives, and information centers
  • 025.4: Subject analysis and control
  • 025.47: Subject indexing

Every book in every library carries a small tag. That single tag helps to both define the subject matter of the text and arrange the book in the library. Often no bigger than a postage stamp, it is one of most defining characteristics of a library book. Before that tag can be placed, however, a librarian has to determine the subject of the book and how to classify it in the library’s system. Vanda Broughton’s Essential Classification is your local librarian’s best friend when it comes to the ins and outs of book classification.

Broughton’s guidebook to classification does not contain every meaning of every piece of the classifications schemes used around the world, but she does guide the reader to their general use. She goes through the Library of Congress Classification, the Dewey Decimal Classification, and even the Universal Decimal Classification. But beyond that, Broughton goes into the management of classification systems, how to establish good authority control from the get-go, and what goes into the building of a good catalog. This is a technical handbook, so it’s not meant for a straight read-through, but if you’re a librarian looking for a good grasp of cataloguing, you should not be without this book. I used it during my schooling and I encourage beginning librarians to do the same.