Monday, 28 February 2011

Strategies for re-classification

Finally, as promised, a discussion on re-classification!

We all know that classification schemes need to change on a fairly regular basis in order to keep up with our ever-expanding knowledge, and remain a relevant way of organising the world's knowledge. Whether or not your library wants to keep up with these changes is, of course, a decision for each individual library service. There are a number of strategies that can be used to make the decision whether or not to re-classify and there are lots of different ways of going about it. Some of these issues are discussed in this paper.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. You've made some helpful and excellent points.

  2. Thanks Lucy. I've always found such re-classification daunting until I actually sat down and thought about what exactly it was I was trying to do, and why. I managed to prove to myself (and the team and the boss!) that we didn't have to slavishly change everything to the latest edition (of Dewey, or whatever classification scheme was in use).