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Knowledge Organization for Knowledge Makers
Why are all the books on a topic grouped together in the library? There’s more to this question than you think! Join us for an introduction to library cataloging and classification for library users. You’ll learn the basics of how librarians make decisions about what goes where. How do we decide what a book is about? What words do we use to describe things? How do abstract systems organize information, and how do those abstractions match where books fit on a shelf? And who made these systems anyway? What kinds of research do they make possible and what do they keep hidden? The more you know about how librarians put these elements together, the better you’ll be at research. Attendees will leave the session with a deeper appreciation of knowledge organization and the skills to get what they want out of library catalogs and databases.

Instructors: Emily Drabinski (GC) and Amanda Belantara (NYU)

Mar 2, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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