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LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
LIS415:  Ranganathan
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  • 1. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science LIS 415 - 02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 2. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System Life & Achievements (1892-1972):  Education:  Madras Christian College (Madras): Mathematics BA 1913, MA 1916  Teachers College (Saidapet): Teaching License 1917  University of London, School of Librarianship: Honors Certificate 1925  A Few Achievements:  First librarian at Madras University  Responsible for the reorganization of Indian Libraries  Founder of the Madras Library Association  Co-founder Indian Library Association  Founder of the Documentation Research and Training Center in Bangalore  Author of several books and other works  Contributions to Library Community:  The term “Library Science”  Library Administration and Management  Reference Service  The Five Laws  The Colon Classification Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 3. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System The Five Laws of Library Science: 1. Books are for use 2. Every reader his or her book 3. Every book its reader 4. Save the time of the reader 5. The library is a growing organism  Modern-day application of the Five Laws  The laws as applied to Colon Classification Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 4. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System Colon Classification - A Faceted Approach:  [ ] Main Class: Broad subject area Research in the cure of the  [ , ] Personality: Primary subject aspect, tuberculosis of lungs by x-ray in India in 1950s identified after the other facets by the “Residual L,45;421:6;253:f.44'N5 Method”  [ ; ] Matter: The material, composition, L Medicine 45 Lungs property, or method of the subject 421 Tuberculosis  [ : ] Energy: The action, activity, or work 6 Treatment 253 Research associated with the subject f X-ray  [ . ] Space: The geographical or spatial 44 India N5 1950s aspect of the subject Example taken from: Chan, L. M. (1994). Cataloging and Classification: An  [ ′ ] Time: The temporal aspect of the subject Introduction (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 5. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System Advantages and Disadvantages:  Advantages of the Colon Classification:  Very flexible  Able to easily accommodate new scientific discoveries, intellectual innovations, & cultural developments  Provides detailed and accurate subject classification  Recognizes that hierarchical arrangements are not always adequate  Disadvantages of the Colon Classification:  Extremely complex system  Time consuming subject analysis and description  Results in very long call numbers (L,45;421:6;253:f.44'N5 = 22 characters!!) Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 6. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System The Legacy of Colon Classification (CC):  Colon Classification is not widespread in libraries  CC has strongly influenced other classification schemes; most major systems (although not LCC) now include at least some aspects of a faceted system  Faceted classification systems are increasing in popularity for electronic resources  Epicurious.com  Yahoo! Directory search  del.icio.us & Connotea.org  Efforts at MIT to create a self-guiding eResources portal Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 7. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System Bibliography Batty, C. D. (1967). An introduction to colon classification. Hamden, CT: Archon Books. Chan, L. M. (1994). Cataloging and classification: an introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill. Cloonan, M. V. and Dove, J. G. (2005). Ranganathan online [Electronic version]. Library Journal (1976), 130(6), 58-60. Retrieved October 2, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Finks, L. W. (1992). A centennial salute to Ranganathan [Electronic version]. American Libraries, 23(July/August 1992), 593- 594. Retrieved October 2, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Gabridge, T.A., Hennig, N., Lubas, R., and Wenzel, S.G. (2005). When a librarian’s not there to ask: Creating an information resource advisory tool [Electronic version]. In Thompson, H.A. (Ed.) Currents and convergence: Navigating the rivers of change. Proceedings of the ACRL 12th National Conference, April 7–10, 2005, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved October 5, 2006 from www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/gabridge05.pdf. Glassel, A. (1998, March). Was Ranganathan a Yahoo!? End User's Corner. Retrieved October 7, 2006 http://scout.wisc.edu/Projects/PastProjects/toolkit/enduser/archive/1998/euc-9803.html. Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 8. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System Bibliography Gopinath, M.A. (2003). Ranganathan, Shiyali Ramarita [Electronic version]. In Drake, M. A. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. New York: Dekker. Retrieved October 2, 2006 from Dekker Encyclopedias. Gorman, M. (1998). The five laws of library science: Then and now [Electronic version]. School Library Journal, 44(7). Retrieved October 10, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Kabir, A. M. F. (2003). Ranganathan: A universal librarian [Electronic version]. Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences, 40(4), 453-459. Retrieved October 2, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Kashyap, M. M. (2002). A sketch of a code for developing computer-based library information systems based on classified catalogue code of Ranganathan (part-II) [Electronic version]. DESIDOC Bulletin of Information Technology, 22(2), 27-61. Retrieved September 14, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Leiter, R. A. (2003). Reflections on Ranganathan’s five laws of library science [Electronic version]. Law Library Journal, 95(3), 411-418. Retrieved October 2, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Mole, H. V. (2005). Indian seminar honors Dr. S. R. Ranganathan [Electronic version]. Quarterly Bulletin of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists, 50(1/2), 59. Retrieved October 2, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey
  • 9. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System Bibliography Neelameghan, A. (2005). Subject architecture model and building construction model: A system perspective [Electronic version]. Information Studies, 11(4), 207-12. Retrieved October 2, 2006 from the Library Literature & Information Full Text database. Ranganathan, S. R. (1933). Colon classification. Madras: The Madras Library Association. Ranganathan, S. R. (1960). Colon classification (6th ed.). Bombay: Asia Publishing House. Ranganathan, S. R. (1965). The colon classification. New Brunswick, NJ: Graduate School of Library Service, Rutgers, the State University. Ranganathan, S. R. (1967). A descriptive account of the colon classification. Bombay: Asia Publishing House. Satija, M. P. (1989). Colon classification, 7th edition: a practical introduction. New Delhi: Ess Ess Publications. Taylor, A. G. (2004). Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Alison Thornton & Joshua Parker • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan & the Colon Classification System • Presented: 18 October 2006 Simmons College, Graduate School of Library & Information Science • LIS 415-02: The Organization of Information • Dr. Daniel Joudrey

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