Cataloguing and Classification

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11
Cataloguing and Classification
Short Course & Professional Development

This short course takes a practical, hands-on approach to classification (using the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Universal Decimal Classification) and to cataloguing (using the MARC, AACR2, and RDA standards). Students will classify items, using online WebDewey and OCLC Online, and catalogue using the RDA Toolkit and OCLC Worldcat.

The course covers library arrangement, and the organisation of collections by subject, and evaluation and use of the main bibliographic classification Schemes – DDC and UDC. We learn why and how cataloguing standards have arisen, and how the ISBD, MARC and AACR2 standards inter-operate. The development of Resource Description and Access (RDA) as a successor to AACR2 is examined, with access provided to the online RDA Toolkit. Record creation and the role of cataloguing in the networked world are emphasised, and students have access to OCLC Worldcat to create the records which constitute part of their assessed work.

This module provides the opportunity to apply the underlying principles of the most established systems in order to evaluate their suitability for organising contemporary library collections.

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

15 weeks

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