Dewey Decimal Classification: The Basics

Does this book on houseplants go in gardening (635.9), botany (581.6), or interior decorating (747)? For many librarians responsible for cataloging and classifying, this is a common scenario and dilemma when processing new materials. Whether you’re new to this task or need a refresher, a solid knowledge of the basics of Dewey Decimal Classification will help.

This class will cover assigning classification numbers with correct meanings in the Dewey hierarchy, assigning numbers when a topic might fall under more than one discipline, building numbers using the tables, and a look at OCLC’s WebDewey.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the structure of Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Understand number building using DDC
  • Build DDC numbers for a variety of resources

Target Audience:
Staff with cataloging and classification duties


Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements:

  • There will be a homework assignment at the end of the class.
  • Participants will need access to WebDewey or a print copy of Dewey to complete the homework assignment.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Technical Requirements:
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Session Duration:
This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.

Instructor:  Sarah Matusz -

Contact Hours: 4

September 27 - 28, 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Online Classroom
United States

Phone: 800-843-8482

Amigos Member Individual Registration $180.00
Non-member Individual Registration $360.00