Basic Principles And Standards Of The Library Technical And Cataloging Services

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Introduction The understanding of basic principles and standards involved in classification, cataloging, and metadata is often a skill overlooked by the public. Although not heavily lauded by the community these concepts of organization are imperative to providing a searchable and assessable collection. These are also concepts which have a ridged set of standards and rules which have been undergoing modification in recent years. The recent changes it how libraries classify, catalog, and apply metadata to materials and artifacts will have a profound effect on the future of library technical and cataloging services.
Classification is the process of grouping or labeling something based on shared characterizes, qualities, or merits. Within information setting classification schemes of universal or specific can be used. Universal schemes include Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and Library of Congress Classification (LCC). These universal schemes cover all subjects by assigning a letter or number to a general topic. The topic is then narrowed to a sub subject by using a series of letters and numbers. These numbers/letter codes are often even further diversified by the addition of a Cutter Number. A Cutter Number is a feature of the Cutter Expansive Classification scheme and uses an alphanumeric device to construct a code for the names of authors. Usually this code involves taking the first two letters of the name and converting the rest into numeric…

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