Cataloging101

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I created this is interactive lesson to introduce middle - high school students (secondary level) to the Dewey Decimal System. I used the basic principles of the DDS and simplified the concepts so that it is easier to comprehend.

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Cataloging101

  1. 1. Cataloging 101: Learn How Your Library Organizes All Those Books! Virginia Barnhart
  2. 2. Back when your parents wanted to locate a book or other materials in the library, they probably used these kinds of card catalogs.
  3. 3. Now, you can access your school library’s catalog from any computer at school, home, or anywhere else with an Internet connection!
  4. 4. A Call Number is created differently for fiction and nonfiction literary works. What’s fiction and…? Fiction is a literary work Non-Fiction is a literary work based on imagination. based on facts.
  5. 5. Fiction books are classified/given a call number by using the first three letters of the primary author’s last name. Since some books have multiple authors, the publisher decides who is the primary. We add a capital “F” for fiction, followed by the primary author’s first three letters of their last name. For example, for Stephenie Meyer’s book Twilight, the call number would be: F MEY. Notice that we also capitalize the first three letters of the last name…some libraries may or may not capitalize all three letters.
  6. 6. What’s the Dewey? The Dewey Decimal System (DDS) is a system of ten main categories that libraries use to classify (arrange and organize) books in a library’s collection. Using the DDS, libraries create call numbers for their materials. Those ten categories keep on dividing to more specific categories, but for now you will only learn the
  7. 7. If a call number starts with a zero, it’s part of the “000s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: computer science, information, and general works. If a call number starts with a one, it’s part of the “100s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: philosophy and psychology.
  8. 8. If a call number starts with a two, it’s part of the “200s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: religion. If a call number starts with a three, it’s part of the “300s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: social sciences.
  9. 9. If a call number starts with a four, it’s part of the “400s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: language. If a call number starts with a five, it’s part of the “500s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: science.
  10. 10. If a call number starts with a six, it’s part of the “600s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: technology. If a call number starts with a seven, it’s part of the “700s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: arts and recreation.
  11. 11. If a call number starts with an eight, it’s part of the “800s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: literature. If a call number starts with a nine, it’s part of the “900s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: history and geography.
  12. 12. Wait a minute…if the 800’s are for literature, won’t I find fiction books there? Great Point! While fiction literary works could be classified in the 800’s, most libraries (like ours) use a separate system, otherwise we would have an enormous 800s section! As previously mentioned, for fiction books we use a capital “F” for fiction, followed by the first three letters of the primary author’s last name.
  13. 13. After the assigned Dewey Decimal number, a book’s call number will include the first three letters of the primary author’s last name. So if you come across a book whose call number is: 576.83 ASI You will know the primary author’s last name starts with the letters Asi and since the call number is in the 500’s the book’s subject must be about Science.
  14. 14. Now, let’s see if you can “Do the Dew…ey!”
  15. 15. In a call number, what follows the assigned DDS number ? The first three letters A period. of the primary author’s last name.
  16. 16. Correct! Next Question
  17. 17. Try Again! Back to Question
  18. 18. Based on the following book’s call number, 917.3 GOL, what is the book’s topic? History & Geography Religion
  19. 19. Correct! Next Question
  20. 20. Try Again! Back to Question
  21. 21. What is the main topic for the following book: 745 CRE? Arts & Technology Recreation
  22. 22. Correct! Next Question
  23. 23. Try Again! Next Question
  24. 24. What would be the most accurate call number for the following book: Signing: How to Speak With Your Hands? 519… 419…
  25. 25. Correct! Next Question
  26. 26. Try Again! Back to Question
  27. 27. What classification would best suit the following book: A Multicultural World? Social Literature Sciences
  28. 28. Correct! Next…
  29. 29. Try Again! Back to Question
  30. 30. Great Job!

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