ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Ignite Session
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Nearly 25 years have elapsed since the last measure of the percentage of academic libraries using Dewey and Library of Congress systems of classification in the United States (and 40 years since one with a reliable and publicly-noted methodology was released). To provide updated statistics on the presence of these systems in academic libraries, the researchers surveyed 3793 libraries, identified using the American Libraries Directory, via online catalogs or phone interviews to ascertain the presence of one or both schemes. The findings may inform our understanding of current academic library classification and invite further investigation into classification trends.