Are you a student?
Would you like a grant of up to £500 for your research project?
If you are in the planning or initial stages of your dissertation and need funding to help you with your research, ISKO UK has a fund of up to £500 for research related to Knowledge Organization. This could include (but is not limited to) research on:
• Authority files
• Linked open data
• Information architecture
Do apply as soon as possible. A decision on the applications is expected to be made by the end of July 2018. Best of luck to all of those who decide to apply.
International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO)
The International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) is a membership organization that advances the theory and practice of knowledge organization (KO). As the UK chapter of ISKO, we run regular conferences, meetings and seminars, many of which are free to students.
You can find more information about ISKO and about ISKO UK, including past and future events, at www.isko.org and www.iskouk.org respectively.
The theme for the September issue is indexing; this may be something that comes within the remit of your cataloguing role, or you may be a professional indexer. The term covers several areas of expertise that we would be interested in hearing about.
Subject indexing – controlled vocabularies, subject headings e.g. (LCSH, MeSH, FAST), discussing challenges of multilingual subject access, specificity, machine indexing, subject analysis, social tagging and folksonomy, purpose of indexing
Book indexing – introduction to the profession, indexing practice, effect of automation and software, ebook indexing, future of the profession, technicalities, standards
Database indexing – what it encompasses, linked to subject or book indexing
We are seeking articles on these or any other topics broadly related to indexing.
Please contact the editors with any proposed papers and we will reply with further information:
Please also contact the editors if you have any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in.
Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images; papers for this issue will be due on 31st August.
Please also contact the editors if you have any queries or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into any of the themes mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted or a project you have been involved in.
I recently received a bursary from CILIP’s Cataloguing & Indexing Group to complete a four week Dewey decimal classification course run by Library Juice. I saw this opportunity advertised on the CIG blog (via Twitter). As well as being used at most academic libraries in the United Kingdom, the Dewey decimal classification system is common in public libraries too. While my cataloguing role at The University of Manchester Library (UML) involves copy cataloguing shelf-ready items to DD23, I am not involved with the classification of the new material passing through the department. The online course aimed not only to expose novices to the steps necessary to assign classification and build Dewey numbers using Web Dewey, but to give them a solid foundation in the creation and interpretation of Dewey decimal classification numbers as well. For those (like me) who are more used to copy cataloguing Dewey numbers, this was an opportunity to understand the methods used to build the classification numbers from scratch.
This course consisted of lessons and practical exercises to give participants experience with classifying various types of resources. There were also group discussions which were extremely useful when you had a classification quandary, which given the subjective nature of classification, was pretty regularly! Each week’s content was posted on a Sunday night with a week to read through the subject matter and complete the assignments and exercises. Deadlines were not strict though which meant that the course could work around my job which was perfect.
So what have I gained from taking this course? I hadn’t realised how complicated the Dewey decimal classification system is! Although I already had a basic familiarity with the system thanks to my PG.Dip in Library & Information Management, and from copy cataloguing in my day to day role, elements of classification such as using the Dewey decimal classification tables to add depth to classification numbers took me way out of my comfort zone. However, this course gave me an understanding of how and why material is classified where it is and enabled me to develop in-depth classification numbers using building blocks. Although classification at UML is made more complicated by the fact that we classify material to a range of Dewey decimal, dependant on the subject matter, thanks to CILIP and CIG, hopefully, I’ll be able to put what I’ve learned into action soon.
We are pleased to announce that booking is open for the CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group’s biennial conference, Metadata: Create, Share and Enrich, which will be held from 5-7 September 2018 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This year’s conference aims to showcase the continued need for quality metadata in a data-dominated world as well as those who create, share, enrich and use it. As always we look forward to welcoming members and non-members and we hope you will enjoy what promises to be a full and varied programme.
Follow us on Twitter @CILIPCIG and with the conference hashtag, #CIG18, for all updates.