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Title: Dewey Today: An Analysis of Recent Editions
Author(s): Cockshutt, Margaret E.
Subject(s): Classification, Dewey decimal Classification
Abstract: Despite the title of this paper, I do not intend to make a detailed analysis of the subject content of recent editions of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). Instead, I shall concentrate on certain classificatory changes within the system, and try to show how these changes seem to spring in part from changes in the editorial development of editions 16-18 of DDC, and in the administrative and editorial frameworks within which the editions appear. In my own research on classification systems, I have become increasingly fascinated by the ways in which the classification systems themselves are determined, shaped and changed by the people who devise and revise them. As has been said many times, the first fourteen editions followed in a largely unbroken line, with some relocations, but basically with expansions. Then came the abortive fifteenth edition. That this edition was recognized as a disaster became obvious with the appearance of the revised fifteenth edition in the following year. This was followed by the contractual arrangement between the Lake Placid Club Education Foundation (LPCEF) and the Library of Congress (LC) that LC should be responsible for the editorial work on future editions, for the length of the contracts. On January 4, 1954, LC began the editorial work, with David Haykin as editor. Benjamin Custer succeeded him as editor in 1956.
Issue Date: 1975
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In K.L. Henderson (ed). 1975. Major classification systems : the Dewey Centennial. Papers presented at the 21st Allerton Park Institute. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 32-46.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (21st : 1975)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1777
ISBN: 0-87845-044-0
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1975.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-08-02
 

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