Many roads lead to … Regensburg: reclassifying German university libraries

Many German university libraries form a so-called two-track system with one central library and a range of decentralized institute or faculty libraries. The books in these libraries are often organized according to an inhouse classification scheme that has been in place for decades, fitting more or...

Author: Voß, Viola
Division/Institute:FB 09: Philologie
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster
Document types:Article
Media types:Text
Publication date:2018
Date of publication on miami:17.04.2018
Modification date:17.04.2018
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Source:Catalogue and Index (2018) 190, 13-18
Subjects:Bibliothek; Aufstellungssystematik; Reklassifizierung; Regensburger Verbundklassifikation; RVK library classification; shelf classification; reclassification
DDC Subject:020: Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaften
License:CC BY 4.0
Language:English
Format:PDF document
ISSN:0008-7629
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-38199628165
Permalink:https://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-38199628165
Digital documents:voss_2018_many-roads-lead-to-regensburg.pdf

Many German university libraries form a so-called two-track system with one central library and a range of decentralized institute or faculty libraries. The books in these libraries are often organized according to an inhouse classification scheme that has been in place for decades, fitting more or less well the collections. But when it comes to merging several libraries, e.g., in a new university building, there is a problem: n formerly independent libraries means n different classification systems under the new roof, making integrating the collections or finding your way among the shelves a challenging task. Some years ago problems like these started occurring at some libraries of Münster University. A solution was found in a library further south: in Regensburg.