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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: C. L. Vargo, MA, MLS (Magee Women's Hospital)
Description: This is a collection of articles derived from Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, which explores the application and adaptation of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system across media and geographic boundaries.
Purpose: The book seeks to explore the relevancy and future of Dewey Decimal Classification. Although it is sometimes challenged, these articles suggest that DDC has proven itself to be a flexible tool for the purposes of organizing various types of information and resources. For the most part, this effort succeeds.
Audience: Students, academics, and others interested in the DDC would find this book of interest. Both editors have a long established history with Dewey use.
Features: The book discusses historical, present, and future applications for the Dewey Decimal system within varied media forms. Showing how Dewey can be adapted to fit collection needs, as well as cultural considerations, is an intriguing aspect of the book. DDC and the complexities of web OPACs are also of interest.
Assessment: This collection provides ample food for thought to those who might dismiss the current relevance of the DDC. However, the merits of repackaging previously published articles as monographs may not have the lasting impact or enduring value hoped for.