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The Future of Classification Hardcover – 2 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (2 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0566079925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0566079924
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
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'It is encouraging to see a resurgence in the use of classification in organizing information resources...this book is an excellent introduction to its achievements in the past, and its potential for the future.' Library Association Record 'As a collection of timely papers it is a truly valuable publication. It establishes without doubt that classification has and will continue to have a contribution to make to the bibliographic control of publications in all formats and in the contexts of both tangible and virtual collections... the book should be read by not only lecturers and students, but all those concerned with the display of collections by means of a subject criteria.' Journal of Documentation '... the book is extremely readable. It provides an excellent general introduction to contemporary issues in classification, and is worthwhile reading for anyone who wishes to familiarize him or herself with current developments. It is already on the classification module reading list for students at UCL, and is particularly appropriate for that purpose, covering as it does the major part of the post-graduate syllabus for classification. But it also serves as a guide to practitioners in the field, and to those non-specialists who wish to update their awareness of knowledge organization matters, or who wonder whether classification really is an out-dated method of handling information. The lists of references supporting each chapter are extensive, and again provide an excellent guide to the literature of the field...overall the book gives a very clear, comprehensive, and accurate picture of the state of play in the field of Classification. It confirms the notion that Classification does indeed have a future, and must be essential reading for all who have an interest in this subject.' Library and Information Research News ' interesting and imperative evaluation of where and how classification fits into the changing world of information organization, management, retrieval and dissemination...The Future of Classification is complete, concise, and up-to-date. It is a particularly useful resource for anyone interested in the modern challenges facing the means by which intellectual property is organized. In the modern world it is imperative that the place and appropriateness of classification for both physical and virtual forms of information are evaluated and assessed. In this way, The Future of Classification is a valuable contribution - a needed testament to the rapidly changing world of information access.' Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services (New Zealand)

About the Author

Rita Marcella, co-author with Robert Newton of A New Manual of Classification, also published by Gower, is Reader and Deputy Head of the School of Information and Media at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. She became a lecturer at the university after working as a cataloguer and classifier in an academic library. Now retired, Arthur Maltby was formerly, amongst other posts, head of a university information studies department and an adviser on education and libraries at the Scottish Office. He has written or edited nine other books and numerous articles on topics as diverse as information retrieval, Irish history and Shakespeare.

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