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LIS 605 : Introduction to Cataloging and Classification
Course Syllabus
Spring 2011

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Instructor: donna G. Bair-Mundy
Office: Hamilton Library, rm. 003-B
Office telephone: 956-9518
E-mail address: donnab@hawaii.edu
Web Site: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~donnab/lis605
Office hours: Thursday 4:15-5:15 p.m. or by appointment

Course Description

An introduction to the uses and techniques of cataloging and classification. Focus is on a MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) based system. The course covers descriptive cataloging, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification schemes, Library of Congress subject headings, and on-line and shared cataloging options. Emphasis is on practical rather than philosophical topics, and on practice at the level common at academic or large public libraries.





American Library Association Core Competencies


Program Learning Objectives

This introductory level course addresses the following objectives of the LIS Program, helping students to:


Course Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the student should be able to:


Teaching Method

Class meetings consist primarily of lectures and in-class exercises. In addition to attending classes, students will be expected outside of class to complete practical exercises in cataloging and classification using cataloging software.


Required Textbooks


Grading Requirements


Technology Requirements

This course makes extensive use of computer and telecommunications.
  1. Each student will be expected to read and send email.
  2. Each student will need to access an Internet-connected computer in order to complete homework assignments.


Professional Expectations

Please review the professional expectations information available on the UH LIS Website at:


Course Outline

I. Introduction to cataloging and classification and bibliographic control
II. Descriptive cataloging and introduction to MARC record structure
A. Physical description
B. Choice of access
C. Headings for people
D. Headings for corporate bodies
E. Uniform titles
III. Library of Congress Subject Cataloging
IV. Library of Congress Classification
A. Introduction and basic concepts
B. The schedules
C. Cutter (book) numbers
V. Dewey Decimal Classification
A. Introduction and basic concepts
B. Summary tables and the relative index
C. The schedules
D. The tables
VI. Shared cataloging


Course Schedule/Assignments

The following is a suggested schedule. Student should allocate at least 9 but preferably more hours of study time outside of class. Study time is best utilized by working on current cataloging assignments, reviewing past assignments and reviewing assigned rules and reading assignments, not by working on future assignments in which you have not received instruction.





Read introduction to AACR2R.

Descriptive (continued)

Study relevant rules in AACR2R.

Study illustrations covered in lecture.

Descriptive (continued)

Study relevant rules in AACR2R.

Study illustrations covered in lecture.

Choose one of the records shown during lecture and create a record for it using Connexion.
Print a copy of the MARC record for practice.

Choice of entry

Scan AACR2R Chapter 21 and Chapter 26.2 (names of persons).

Headings for Persons

Scan AACR2R Chapter 22.

Headings for Corporate Bodies

Uniform Titles

Scan AACR2R Chapters 24-26.

QUIZ DUE: Beginning of next session.

Introduction to Subject Cataloging and LCSH


Read LCSH Introduction

Subject cataloging and LCSH (continued)

TAKE-HOME QUIZ: LC Subject headings
QUIZ DUE: Beginning of next session

LC Classification


View LC ClassWeb tutorial

LC Classification (continued)

Review examples shown in class.

LC Classification (continued)

QUIZ DUE: Beginning of next session

Introduction to DDC


Read in DDC v 1 introduction.


Review examples shown in class.

DDC (continued)

Review examples shown in class.


QUIZ DUE: 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2011

Note: If you need reasonable accommodations because of the impact of a disability, please 1) contact the Kokua Program (V/T) at 956-7511 or 956-7612 in room 013 of the QLSS; 2) speak with me privately to discuss your specific needs. I will be happy to work with you and the KOKUA Program to meet your access needs related to your documented disability.

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