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Do library users know what the
UDC number is used for? The
usage of UDC numbers in online
catalogues
Kristina Berketa
Niko...
Contents
• Introduction
• About UDC
• Library catalogues and UDC
• CROLIST
• Research
• Methodology
• Results
• Conclusion...
Introduction
• The usage of Universal Decimal Classification
in libraries:
– Organization of library collection
– Shelving...
About UDC
• Originally designed as a tool for sorting
comprehensive information in large card
catalogues
• Clear and well ...
Library catalogues and UDC (1)
• IR in OPAC catalogues:
– Understandable and concise instructions are
needed
– Subject sea...
Library catalogues and UDC (2)
• Better IR with UDC numbers:
– UDC numbers should be split with spaces
– The replacement o...
CROLIST
• Integrated library system in Croatia
• In use since 1996 (UNIBIS)
• FRBRized catalogue VERO – not implemented
in...
CROLIST catalogue search (1)
Simple search option
BOBCATSSS 2015.
CROLIST catalogue search (2)
Advanced search option
BOBCATSSS 2015.
Searching by UDC numbers
• The user must know the exact notation mark
of his area of interest
• Making an error in search ...
Research (1)
• The goal of this research is to question to what extent
are students, as users of University library famili...
Research (2)
• Online survey
• Sample: students
• The survey was conducted in the period from
20th November to 2nd Decembe...
The results of the survey
• Q1: 89% of 76 respondents are users of the
University library
• Q2: 67% of 76 respondents use ...
The results of the survey
• Q5: Do you know what is UDC?
– 51% respondents answered positively
• Q6: Have you ever searche...
Q5: Do you know what is UDC?
51%
49%
Yes No
BOBCATSSS 2015.
Q6: Have you ever searched the online
catalogue by UDC?
25%
75%
Yes No
BOBCATSSS 2015.
Q7: Are you aware that through catalogue in
one place you can get a list of books that belong
to the same field / science ...
Q8: UDC scheme in CROLIST catalogue
BOBCATSSS 2015.
Q9: Would you search the catalogue
by UDC numbers if you knew their
exact meaning?
75%
25%
Yes No
BOBCATSSS 2015.
Conclusion (1)
• This short research showed that some users
who search the catalogue are not aware of the
possibilities of...
Conclusion (2)
• Using UDC in catalogue searching the user can
discover new information – a learning process
• The researc...
References
• Buxton, A. (2011). Duplication of concepts in UDC. Extension and correction to the
UDC, 33 (pp.13-17)
• Buxto...
Thank you for your time 
BOBCATSSS 2015.
• Contact:
Kristina Berketa
kberketa@student.unizd.hr
BOBCATSSS 2015.
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Kristina Berketa, Nikolina Peša Pavlović, Drahomira Cupar: Do library users know what the UDC number is used for? The usage of UDC numbers in online catalogues #bcs2015

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This paper presents research of the usage of UDC classification numbers during online catalogue searching. An online survey was conducted on the research sample which represents students of the University of Zadar, Croatia. Results of the analysis show to what extent are students familiar with catalogue searching by UDC numbers and gives their overall attitudes towards possibilities of UDC in online catalogues.

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Kristina Berketa, Nikolina Peša Pavlović, Drahomira Cupar: Do library users know what the UDC number is used for? The usage of UDC numbers in online catalogues #bcs2015

  1. 1. Do library users know what the UDC number is used for? The usage of UDC numbers in online catalogues Kristina Berketa Nikolina Peša Pavlović Drahomira Cupar Department of Information Sciences University of Zadar BOBCATSSS 2015.
  2. 2. Contents • Introduction • About UDC • Library catalogues and UDC • CROLIST • Research • Methodology • Results • Conclusion BOBCATSSS 2015.
  3. 3. Introduction • The usage of Universal Decimal Classification in libraries: – Organization of library collection – Shelving – simplified numbers – Library catalogue – complex notations – A tool for information retrieval (IR) – Etc. • Used in Croatian libraries BOBCATSSS 2015.
  4. 4. About UDC • Originally designed as a tool for sorting comprehensive information in large card catalogues • Clear and well defined structure • Hierarchy and synthesis • Does not depend on the language (McIlwaine, 2004) BOBCATSSS 2015.
  5. 5. Library catalogues and UDC (1) • IR in OPAC catalogues: – Understandable and concise instructions are needed – Subject searching is similar to learning process – User friendly catalogue interface (Slavić, 2006) BOBCATSSS 2015.
  6. 6. Library catalogues and UDC (2) • Better IR with UDC numbers: – UDC numbers should be split with spaces – The replacement of punctuation mark with letters – Better consistency in creating similar numbers – UDC schemes enables clear content description (Buxton, 1990) BOBCATSSS 2015.
  7. 7. CROLIST • Integrated library system in Croatia • In use since 1996 (UNIBIS) • FRBRized catalogue VERO – not implemented in all libraries BOBCATSSS 2015.
  8. 8. CROLIST catalogue search (1) Simple search option BOBCATSSS 2015.
  9. 9. CROLIST catalogue search (2) Advanced search option BOBCATSSS 2015.
  10. 10. Searching by UDC numbers • The user must know the exact notation mark of his area of interest • Making an error in search query catalogue offers the UDC scheme • Catalogue offers a possibility of navigating and browsing by captions not UDC numbers (only subgroups) • Complex notation can not be searched BOBCATSSS 2015.
  11. 11. Research (1) • The goal of this research is to question to what extent are students, as users of University library familiar with UDC and the possibilities of the library catalogue during searching • Does the knowledge of the classification of science and UDC numbers facilitate finding the needed library material in the catalogues? • Literature review (theory) • Method: online survey BOBCATSSS 2015.
  12. 12. Research (2) • Online survey • Sample: students • The survey was conducted in the period from 20th November to 2nd December 2014 • The survey consists of 10 questions • The survey was completed by 79 respondents (76 respondents filled out the survey properly) BOBCATSSS 2015.
  13. 13. The results of the survey • Q1: 89% of 76 respondents are users of the University library • Q2: 67% of 76 respondents use the library catalogue • Q2: Most library users search the catalogue by key words, title and by author BOBCATSSS 2015.
  14. 14. The results of the survey • Q5: Do you know what is UDC? – 51% respondents answered positively • Q6: Have you ever searched online catalogue by UDC? – 25% of users answered positively • Q7: Are you aware that through catalogue in one place you can get a list of books that belong to the same field / science subject? – 67% users answered positively BOBCATSSS 2015.
  15. 15. Q5: Do you know what is UDC? 51% 49% Yes No BOBCATSSS 2015.
  16. 16. Q6: Have you ever searched the online catalogue by UDC? 25% 75% Yes No BOBCATSSS 2015.
  17. 17. Q7: Are you aware that through catalogue in one place you can get a list of books that belong to the same field / science subject? 67% 33% Yes No BOBCATSSS 2015.
  18. 18. Q8: UDC scheme in CROLIST catalogue BOBCATSSS 2015.
  19. 19. Q9: Would you search the catalogue by UDC numbers if you knew their exact meaning? 75% 25% Yes No BOBCATSSS 2015.
  20. 20. Conclusion (1) • This short research showed that some users who search the catalogue are not aware of the possibilities of searching by UDC numbers • It gives the librarians the idea that they should highlight the meanings of UDC numbers in its catalogues and on the shelves • There are examples in literature that show that UDC can be used as a tool for searching OPAC catalogue BOBCATSSS 2015.
  21. 21. Conclusion (2) • Using UDC in catalogue searching the user can discover new information – a learning process • The research showed that a large number of users are familiar with the possibility of CROLIST catalogue in which UDC scheme is displayed • Further research is possible BOBCATSSS 2015.
  22. 22. References • Buxton, A. (2011). Duplication of concepts in UDC. Extension and correction to the UDC, 33 (pp.13-17) • Buxton, A.B.(1990). Computer searching of UDC numbers. Journal of Documentation, 46 (pp.193-217) • McIlwaine, I.C. (2004) Univerzalna decimalna klasifikacija: upute za uporabu. Lokve: Benja; Zagreb: Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica; Osijek: Filozofski fakultet. • Svenonius, E. (2000). The intellectual foundation of information organization. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. • Schallier, W. (2005). Subject retrieval in OPAC's: a study of three interfaces. Departament de Biblioteconomia i Documentació de la Universitat de Barcelona 2005, (pp. 557-567) • Slavić, A.(2006). The level of use of UDC in library Opacs: pilot study 2004.- 2005. Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske, 49 (pp.149-165) • UDC (2014). Retrived December 8, 2014 from: http://www.udcc.org/index.php/site/page?view=about • Unibis (2014). Retrived December 11, 2014 form: http://www.unibis.hr/info.htm BOBCATSSS 2015.
  23. 23. Thank you for your time  BOBCATSSS 2015.
  24. 24. • Contact: Kristina Berketa kberketa@student.unizd.hr BOBCATSSS 2015.

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