Importance and Prospects of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) in Modern College Library Management System: A Case Study with Special Reference to Selected College Libraries of Sivasagar and Charaideo District of Assam
Modern library is regarded as backbone of a institution, which is also expected to convert the potential readers into actual reader. Classification helps to convert unorganized thoughts and impressions into a recognizable pattern. We cannot live at all without the power of being able to classify the things around us. The word classification comes from the Latin word “classis”. Ordinarily classification is a process of grouping. It means putting together like entities and separating unlike entities. But in library classification we are concerned with documents and the aim is to create a system out of disorder and provides a comprehensive view of the documents on a subject. Once an orderly arrangement has been achieved then it will save the time of successive readers as well as the library management. Dewey decimal classification is a hierarchical scheme of classification, which proceeds from general to the specific. The basic arrangement is by discipline and specific subject can occur in any number of disciplines. In this context, I surveyed some selected college libraries of Sivasagar and Charaideo district of Assam to know about purpose and prospects of Dewey decimal classification system in their college libraries and find out which edition of DDC is using for smooth and quick service for their user benefit.