|Title:||The Classified Catalogue as an Aid to Research
|Author(s):||Henkle, Herman H.
|Abstract:||Very little is known about the effectiveness of library subject catalogues
as tools of research. We know that they are indispensable
from a theoretical point of view, and from general observation of
their use and the results of a few studies we can conclude that they
are generally compatible with the library use habits of readers.
Some of the general conclusions which have been drawn from studies
of the subject catalogue are: that there is no significant difference
between the amount of author catalogue use and subject catalogue use;
that the non- specialist ordinarily will make more use of the subject
catalogue than the specialist; and that most of the use of the subject
catalogue is for materials in English and of fairly recent date.
If the second of these generalizations is true, namely that subject
catalogue use is primarily by non- specialists, a discussion of the
classified catalogue as a research tool may be a somewhat sterile
exercise. On the other hand, we can remind ourselves that the importance
of research isn't determined by popular vote, so even a minority
use should justify its consideration. In any case, classification
and classified catalogues have a high degree of relevancy. This
was my reason for agreeing to discuss the subject of the role of the
classified catalogue in research.
In evaluating what I have to say about classification, one general
caveat must be observed. My remarks on classification will relate exclusively
to its use in the classified catalogue. While some points
might have relevance to the classification of books for shelving, others
might have differing relevance or no relevance whatever. No effort
will be made here to indicate when there is or is not a common ground
in problems of shelf classification and the classified catalogue.
A second caveat is that the limitations of my experience with
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In F.T.Eaton and D.E.Strout (eds). 1959. The role of classification in the modern American library : papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 1-4, 1959. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 42-52.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (6th : 1959)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16