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Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification

With the expert cataloging instruction of Alex Kyrios, Senior Editor of the Dewey Decimal Classification at OCLC, you will gain a comprehensive grounding in Dewey Decimal Classification® principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign DDC® numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables, and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library.

Experienced users will benefit from guidance in building complex numbers, in using Table 3 for literature, and ideas for more effective use of the DDC® system.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Know how to read and interpret DDC® notation and analyze how to apply it in real-world library situations
  • Be able to competently search WebDewey® for the assignment of DDC® numbers
  • Be able to use DDC® Tables for number-building and successfully build longer DDC® numbers

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the Practical Classification and Subject Access Cataloging eCourse Bundle.

Alex Kyrios is Senior Editor of the Dewey Decimal Classification at OCLC. He previously worked as a cataloger at the University of Idaho and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He received his MLS at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his BA at the College of William & Mary. In his spare time, he contributes to Wikipedia, hosts bar trivia (local health regulations permitting), and enjoys games of all sorts. He lives in Washington, D.C.

The 23rd Edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index is ©2011-2014 OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. ("OCLC"). All copyright rights in all previous editions of the Dewey Decimal Classification are owned by OCLC. WebDewey screen shots are ©2014 OCLC. Mr. Dewey and His Dot are ©1992 OCLC. Dewey, DDC, Dewey Decimal Classification, OCLC, and WebDewey are registered trademarks/service marks of OCLC. Used with permission.

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