A Research on Close Classification for Korean Fiction in KDC: Focusing on Public Library

한국십진분류법(KDC) 한국소설항목의 세분방안에 대한 연구 - 공공도서관을 중심으로 -

  • 김성원 (충남대학교 문헌정보학과)
  • Received : 2012.07.09
  • Accepted : 2012.08.10
  • Published : 2012.08.30


Of the collection of public libraries in Korea, the literature collection is the largest, and Korean fictions, about 14% of the entire collection constitute the largest single subject. However, in the Korean Decimal Classification(KDC) Korean fiction is represented in one section, that is, 813 which corresponds to the only one of thousand divisions. More specifically, only two sub-sections, 813.6 and 813.7 are supposed to be assigned to the huge collection of modern Korean fiction, and, in reality, only 813.6 is being used in most libraries. Even with the use of book numbers, such disproportionate allocation of classification numbers would definitely lower the discriminative capacity of call numbers given to each item. It would also bring about difficulties in both shelving, on the libraries' side, and finding items from shelf, on the users' side. This study aims to examine the issues related to classifying Korean fictions in public libraries, including the composition of KDC schedules and the actual practice of classification, and then proposes the measures for improving the classification of Korean fictions.


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