We are developing an online set of DDC training
materials focused on the needs of experienced librarians who need Dewey
application training. (We hope they will also be useful as supplementary
materials in other Dewey training contexts, e.g., teaching Dewey to LIS
students.) The materials will include a basic course on the structure and use
of the DDC, plus a series of short modules based on special topics (including a
We are planning to make all course materials available on the Dewey web site at no charge. The presentations and exercises assume the availability of the latest version of the DDC database (i.e., WebDewey), and a professor, trainer, and/or experienced Dewey user for offering explanations and fielding questions. Other interested parties may have access to course materials, but may need to consult an expert directly for background information and additional assistance. Note that WebDewey access is provided without cost as part of OCLC's Library and Information Science Education Program. Others currently without access to WebDewey can sign up for access on a 30-day trial basis.
The website contains links for modules and related materials that are available for immediate review. In general, modules include a PowerPoint presentation and a set of exercises to assist learners in putting the principles learned into practice. The exercises often include the titles of approximately 10 bibliographic works, with one or more corresponding subject headings, that together point toward the most appropriate DDC class. Exercise files include pages with only the title and subject heading information, as well as answer sheets with DDC class numbers and explanations.
We expect to make additional modules and related materials available shortly and will blog each entry as it becomes available. We welcome comments directly on the blog entry for each module. If you prefer to send us comments privately, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of the module, and we will summarize them here.