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PRACTICAL CLASSIFICATION

WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE

TO THE

DECIMAL AND SUBJECT SCHEMES

BY

W. C. BERWICK SAYERS

DEPUTY LIBRARIAN OF THE CROYDON

PUBLIC LIBRARIES; INSTRUCTOR
IN CLASSIFICATION TO THE
LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

THE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

1913

THE following pages are reprinted with corrections from THE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECORD.

The literature of bibliographical classification, which can be said to be of real service to the student, is limited, although much has been written on the subject. Limited as it is, I have not tried to give here a reading course embracing it. My purpose has been to expound two special classificatory schemes, and to give such readings-often of my own writings-as seemed to promote that purpose. It is there

fore in vain that the reader will seek mention of all recent articles on classification in these pages, and specially, I may add, I have avoided reference to controversial writings. The first edition, 1906, of the Subject Classification is that used.

I have to acknowledge the assistance of Miss Olive E. Clarke, of the Islington Public Libraries, who has done me good service in reading the proofs of these pages, and in checking in particular my references to the Subject Classification. Messrs. Maurice H. B. Mash and H. A. Twort have also assisted me in various ways, and are responsible for the brief index. I owe almost the whole of my interest in the subject of this little work-and indeed my interest in most things in librarianship-to the writings and teachings of Messrs. James Duff Brown and L. Stanley Jast; and, if my work had been worthy of the honour, I should have dared to dedicate it to them.

W. C. B. S.

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THE following pages are reprinted with corrections from
THE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECORD.

The literature of bibliographical classification, which can be said to be of real service to the student, is limited, although much has been written on the subject. Limited as it is, I have not tried to give here a reading course embracing it. My purpose has been to expound two special classificatory schemes, and to give such readings-often of my own writings as seemed to promote that purpose. It is therefore in vain that the reader will seek mention of all recent articles on classification in these pages, and specially, I may add, I have avoided reference to controversial writings. The first edition, 1906, of the Subject Classification is that used.

I have to acknowledge the assistance of Miss Olive E. Clarke, of the Islington Public Libraries, who has done me good service in reading the proofs of these pages, and in checking in particular my references to the Subject Classification. Messrs. Maurice H. B. Mash and H. A. Twort have also assisted me in various ways, and are responsible for the brief index. I owe almost the whole of my interest in the subject of this little work-and indeed my interest in most things in librarianship-to the writings and teachings of Messrs. James Duff Brown and L. Stanley Jast; and, if my work had been worthy of the honour, I should have dared to dedicate it to them.

W. C. B. S.

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