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Dewey Decimal in the UIUC Bookstacks


-Anatomy of a
  Call Number

  *Size Designation
  *Dewey Number
  *Cutter Number
  *Work Mark
  *Putting it Together
-Other Resources
  *Web Resources


This guide was created in April 2000 by Kevin Unrath, Jim DiDonato, Rena Rosenthal, and Yuxiang Wang as part of our coursework in LIS 316--Instruction and Assistance Systems--at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

It was intended to serve as a training guide to new shelvers and sorters in the Main Stacks of the University Library. We also hope it will prove useful to anyone else wishing to get a better understanding of Dewey call numbers in general, and specifically in local practice here at the University of Illinois.

After some discussion, our group came to the conclusion that the tutorial should achieve the following goals and objectives for the intended audience:

Goal #1: After completion of this tutorial, users should understand how material is arranged in the stacks at the University of Illinois Library.
Objective A: Staff and patrons should be able to easily find materials in the UIUC Stacks.
Objective B: Staff should be able to accurately and efficiently re-shelve materials in the stacks.
Goal #2: Upon completion of the tutorial, users should also have an understanding of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
Objective A: Know what a Dewey Decimal Classification number, size designation, Cutter number, and work mark are and how they are used
Objective B: Be aware of available resources and links relevant to Dewey Decimal Classification
-Staff at the university of Illinois Stacks
-Any patron accessing materials in the stacks
-Anyone interested in learning the basics of the Dewey Decimal Classification system
For users outside the Univerity of Illinois, we would like to offer the following caveat: Over time, the Dewey Decimal Classification System has undergone several revisions. The University Library has also created variations to fit our patrons' special needs. Since the materials in the Bookstacks collection cover the range of cataloging rules, it makes shelving interesting. We would like to acknowledge the following people for their contributions:

Gil Witte
Dr. Cheryl Malone
Linda Bial
Swarthmore Matchmaker site
Andrew Teeple

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