Crash course in Dewey Decimal Classification

Dewey Decimal Classification is a system for organizing and arranging library collections, using notations that reflect the subject of each work and their relationship to other works in a collection. It has been translated into over 30 different languages, inspired the development of other classification schemes such as Universal Decimal Classification, and continues to be used by libraries around the world.

This workshop introduces participants to the basic structure and principles of Dewey Decimal Classification. In the second half of the workshop, participants will apply their knowledge by classifying actual topics using the online utility, WebDewey.

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the concepts behind library classification
  • Recognize call numbers constructed according to Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Classify selected topics using the Dewey Decimal Classification schedules and tables
  • Identify strategies for classifying multidisciplinary and multi-topic bibliographic works

This workshop complements the workshop Crash Course in Library of Congress Classification.

Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing your colleagues on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign next to your name on the attendance sheet for each workshop session. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.


Elisa Sze, Librarian, Collections & Public Services Coordinator