Classification

After this weeks readings, I think its safe to say that classification is a much more complex topic than one might originally believe.  

My Child Development class was actually just learning about how infants classify the world around them for survival.  They classify people to determine who is trustworthy and will protect them.  Just an interesting related thought as I read the classification readings.

I found one statement that seemed to best summarize my own thoughts on classification (and cataloging, for that matter): there are different ways of classification for different purposes.  Seems obvious, but all the talk about needing to conform to one kind of cataloging language or system, or perfectly classifying books by Dewey Decimal in all libraries, doesn’t always fit the user’s needs.  One example that comes to mind is how some public libraries are classifying children’s books by subject instead of author, because young children want books about dinosaurs, or princesses, or mysteries.  They don’t come in asking for a specific author (usually).  This system of classification makes it easier for these specific library users to find what they want.  And isn’t that the whole point?  So it makes sense to have differing classification schemes for different purposes.  

Katie B. 

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2 thoughts on “Classification

  1. Katie:

    You are so right! Young children tend to look for titles of books rather than authors. As a matter of fact, adults do this as well. Unless you are reading book by only one author. e.g. Agatha Christie, you look for “Mystery” or “Science Fiction.”

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