Ordinal numbers - library classification, Other Management

Ordinal Numbers:

These are used not for the purpose of counting but ordering and mechanising the arrangement of things. For example, participants in a conference can be listed in a desired sequence on the basis of some suitable principle and then this sequence can be mechanised with the help of ordinal numbers. Melvil Dewey  (1851-1931) ,  the  father  of  modern  library classification, was the first classificationist to use simple Indo-Arabic numerals (0-9) as ordinal numbers for the systematiclisting of subjects both broader and narrower, in his Decimal Classification first published in 1876 (see Unit 4, Unit 10 and Unit 11 of this Course and Blocks I and 2 of BLJ&03P to know  more about Dewey Decimal Classification). Since then the system of ordinal numbers-notation as it is called in library classification-has been the principal element in the design and use of library classification schemes. 

Specific Subject : The contents of a document may deal with some field of knowledge. It is a prerequisite for a classifier to know what subject matter the document exactly contains. After ascertaining the exact subject, or specific subject, the classifier translates that specific subject into the artificial language or ordinal numbers of the classification scheme used. In order to know the specific subject of the document the classifier has to examine its title, contents page, preface and introduction, and to scan through some chapters, and, if necessary to go through the entire book.

There may be certain occasions where a classifier has to consult an expert to ascertain the specific subject of a document. Ranganathan defines the specific subject of a document as "that division of knowledge whose extension and intension are equal to those of its thought content". Extension means the scope (if the subject treatment and intension means the depth of the subject treatment in a given document. Palmer and Wells define it as "that division of knowledge which exactly comprehends all the major factors that go in its making". 

Posted Date: 11/10/2012 2:31:00 AM | Location : United States

Related Discussions:- Ordinal numbers - library classification, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Ordinal numbers - library classification, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Ordinal numbers - library classification Discussions

Write discussion on Ordinal numbers - library classification
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Selection of potential suppliers  This is an important function of the purchase department. If the material under reference is a standard item covered by company standards, the

Question 1: What are the e-HR strategies and guidelines that organisations need to consider when adopting use of technology to attract talented employees and discuss in det

Question: (a) What, according to you, are the essential elements of an effective ergonomic program? State the reasons for establishing such a program at a place of work. (b

Question 1 The excellence theory is a general theory of public relations that resulted from a 15-year study of best practices in communication management funded by the Internat

Documentary Sources: Those  information which are contained  in  the published and unpublished documents, reports, statistics, manuscripts, letters, diaries  and so on, are gr

A c quisition Motives In the previous unit you learnt about the history of M and A. All the companies do not always have acquisition strategies, and not all companies that ha

VALUE OF INFORMATION SERVICES: At the outset, it must be emphasised that there is no consensus of opinion among information scientists and professionals regarding the "concept

Question : (i) One of the important features of planning and design management is the efficient management of resources. According to you, what are these resources and how sho

Selection Procedure: There can be two sets of operations in the selection of periodicals: those relating to continuing titles, and those relating to new titles. i) Continuing

INFORMATION AND OTHER RELATED CONCEPTS: You may often hear or read in newspapers and other popular magazines about "exponential growth of information" or "explosion of informa