|Title:||A Classification for the Reader
|Abstract:||Our library literature is replete with statements that indicate that
the goals and functions of the public library are vitally concerned
with the interests and needs of people in general. In fact our most recent
statement, as found in Public Library Service says in part: the
library's function "is to assemble, preserve, and make easily available
to all people the printed and other materials that will assist them
Educate themselves continuously
Keep pace with progress in all fields of knowledge
Become better members of home and community
Discharge political and social obligations
Be more capable in their daily occupations
Develop their creative and spiritual capacities
Appreciate and enjoy works of art and literature." 1
Are classifiers and catalogers concerned with pronouncements
such as these? Or has it been assumed that a shelf arrangement
which stems from a classification which is a systematization of knowledge
and originally was aimed at a service for scholars and specialists
can logically be used by another service in libraries whose purpose
is primarily planned to provide the popular education services
for the general reader?
The well-established classification and catalogue departments in
large libraries make it seem efficient to class a book for a large
main library collection or for a series of special departments, and
then apply this same classification number for the book in branch libraries.
This appears to be the quick and cheap way to do it. In the
smaller independent libraries the suggestions for class numbers made
by the H.W. Wilson Company, the A. L.A. Booklist, or maybe by the
Library of Congress, frequently aid the busy librarian to organize a
|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: 53-61.
|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