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Sociology 335 - Nowheres: How libraries are organized

Professor Phi Su
Fall 2021

Libraries in the U.S.

The Williams library uses the Library of Congress to organize the general collections in Sawyer and Schow.  The Library of Congress comprises of the following elements: 

How You can make a difference

"Rule 4: Every person on the planet must be a citizen of at least one country" 
Joshua Keating. Invisible Countries

Change the Subject (2019) is a 54-minute documentary film about a group of Dartmouth students who challenged anti-immigrant language in the Library of Congress subject headings. 

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Beyond U.S. systems

The Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classifications are universal classification schemes. These are used widely throughout the world. [Countries that use the Dewey Decimal System]. 

Beyond the universal schemes, there are also National Classification Schemes and Specialized (specific themes) based on type of materials or particular subjects.

To counter the hegemony of the Library of Congress Classification System, libraries are developing new methods of organizing their collections and looking at international coordination options