Thoughts on Changing to KF Modified Classification

2Jul2014 at 2:34 pm (Cataloguing)

In a 2010 ‘digital white paper‘ released jointly by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Information Legal Technology Association (ILTA) there is a short article by Candace Fong (Royal Bank of Canada) who talks about moving from manual to online cataloguing processes to manage the RBC Law Group collection.

In this article she mentions her desire to have their library classified using KF Modified rather than the Dewey Decimal Classification:

“I also wanted to change the classification system from Dewey Decimal to KF Modified. Some of our Dewey Decimal call numbers were so lengthy that users would have difficulty remembering them, and it was very easy to shelve materials incorrectly. I did like the Dewey concept of grouping materials based on subject matter, but the classification system was not granular enough for a predominantly legal collection. Changing to KF Modified would make cataloging faster because we could replicate catalog information from the libraries of Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada and the Osgoode Hall Law School — both of which use KF Modified.”

Candace raises a couple of good points here:

Thanks to Candace for promoting KF Modified!

For a list of other libraries using KF Modified please see Links to Catalogues Using KF Modified.


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