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Musik i förvandling: Bibliotekens övergång av klassifikationssystem från SAB till DDK och dess inverkan på musikområdet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Music in Progress : The Library’s Classification Transition from SAB to DDC and its Impact on Music Materials (English)
Abstract [en]

In November 2008, the National Library of Sweden decided to change their standard classification system from the Swedish Library Classification System (SAB) to the american Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). One of the main reasons to this transition was the assumption of gaining the possibility to exchange and import catalogue posts by using an outspread international classification system. Throughout the years, it has been disputed whether DDC’s treatment of music has been the most suitable. The system has been criticized for being biased in favor of Western music and not being updated with the growth of new music. The purpose of this study is to examine the opinions among librarians connected to the music area on how this classification transition went, and how it has affected their work. The primary questions concerned with this study are if the interviewees perceive that there is a problem by using DDC for music and if so, how? Additionally, does this change also affect the library users, or is it only the librarians? The method I am using to examine these questions is qualitative interviews based on Steinar Kvale and Svend Brinkmann’s thoughts in their book Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. The theories that will be used for this thesis are theories concerning functional requirements of classification systems. The results show that the interviewees’ opinions are that DDC’s notation tends to be long, which affects the usability of the system. The interviewees’ perception is that DDC is also lacking in its treatment regarding musical recordings and the popular music area. One of the main reasons for this shortage is because there is basically no other library outside of Sweden that is classifying such material with DDC, which means that the information exchange with countries abroad has so far been rather exiguous. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 87 p.
, Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 701
Keyword [en]
Classification – Books, Music librarians, Cataloging of music, SAB classification, Classification – Dewey decimal
Keyword [sv]
Klassifikation (bibliotek), Musikbibliotek, Musikbibliotekarier, Katalogisering av musik, SAB-systemet, Dewey decimalklassifikation
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297633OAI: diva2:942639
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-26 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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