An Introduction to Library Classification: With Readings, Questions and Examination Papers

9780217172752: An Introduction to Library Classification: With Readings, Questions and Examination Papers

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PART II. HISTORICAL AND PRACTICAL CHAPTER VII PRELIMINARY ON STUDENTS READING 6o. We have now covered briefly the principles governing the construction of classificatory schemes. It will be our business in the remaining chapters to see, first, how those principles have been applied by the constructors of schemes for the arrangement of books; second, to become familiar with the three or four predominating modern schemes; and third and finally, to consider the rules governing the practical application of such schemes of classification to books and to catalogues, and to discuss the various accessories, mechanical and other, necessary to make clear the features of the scheme adopted to the users of the libraries or catalogues. 61. On the historical side we shall attempt very little detail. Schemes for the classification of knowledge, being of small practical value and requiring more time than we can devote to their consideration, we shall ignore henceforth. Of course we have referred to them again and again in our theoretical lessons, and have demanded a knowledge of the main features of the systems of Porphyry, of Linnaeus, and the Natural System of Botany (and so much, at least, should be familiar to the student); but as every organised science has its classification and the principles of classification design do not vary, the student is now sufficiently acquainted with such systems. With this necessary narrowing of the field we still can only hope to be suggestive, not exhaustive. Much the student must work out personally, but we shall endeavour to give here all necessary indications for his study. 62. The essential textbook is Brown's Library Classification and Cataloguing, and the most complete and useful work, but unfortunately inaccessible to many, is Edward ...

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