What’s so great about the DDC?

I enjoyed reading this article because it really gets down to the roots of why the Dewey Decimal System was so revolutionary, especially in the time period in which it was created.  I think the most important thing to remember (mentioned in the first paragraph) is that the DDC might seem like an obvious solution to us, but Dewey was the very first one to think of it and it has since turned into a standard.  The most interesting and surprising aspect of this article for me tells the history of library cataloging before Dewey created the standard system.  The idea that some libraries organized their books based on “what looks nice” or even in alphabetical order is laughable in today’s world of mass information and knowledge organization.  I think that most people, along with myself, are impressed by the DDC system because it combined aspects and ideas that already existed in order to create a new and logical system for library organization that every library can use.

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  1. WHAT IS FRBR ? (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records)
    Dr. Barbara B Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy & Support Office, Library of Congress

    According to Dr. Barbara Tillett, it is a Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe. In essence it is a description of the Conceptual model, and includes, entities, relationships and attributes (Metadata). There is an online discussion group and a website at http://www.ifla.org/VII/s13/wgfrbr/wgfrbr.htm.

    Though I have read and re-read the article and have spent time examining the charts, I have not fully grasped its full significance. Needless to say, I feel that there is room for one bibliographic model, and to me this seems the practical one.

    Though adoption in the US has been slow, it has been very effective in Australia and Europe. Currently, IFLA is actively promoting, and hopes that it will eventually be adopted by the rest of the world, and thus reduce costs for cataloging on a global scale.

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