84037 - Cataloguing and Bibliographic Classification

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will know the theroretical principles of descriptive and sematic cataloguing, and is able to use and apply Italian cataloguing rules, the main standards of bibliographic description and the structure of the main subject indexing and classification systems.

Course contents

Definition and brief history of cataloguing and catalogs. Bibliograhic description: ISBD standard. REICAT analysis; brief introduction to RDA. Subject indexing: Nuovo Soggettario. Classification: the Decimal Dewey Classification. Conceptual models from FRBR to IFLA LRM.


I capitoli 10-12 di Biblioteche e biblioteconomia. Principi e questioni, a cura di Giovanni Solimine e Paul Gabriele Weston. Roma: Carocci, 2015

Paul Gabriele Weston, Il catalogo elettronico. Roma: Carocci, 2007

Carlo Bianchini, Teoria e tecniche della catalogazione e delle classificazioni. Milano: Editrice bibliografica, 2018

Suggested readings:

Lucia Sardo, La catalogazione. Storia, tendenze, problemi aperti. Milano: Editrice bibliografica, 2017

Mauro Guerrini, Lucia Sardo, IFLA library reference model. Un modello concettuale per le biblioteche del XXI secolo. Milano: Editrice bibliografica, 2018


Further readings will be provided during class

Teaching methods

Teaching methods
Lectures and cataloguing exercises, using cataloguing software

Assessment methods

Oral exam, beginning with a subject choosen by the student.

It will be evaluated very positive the student's ability to demonstrate the acquired knowledge in a personal and critical way, using an appropriate language.

Teaching tools

Illustrative and in-depth Power Point presentations

Office hours

See the website of Lucia Sardo