Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

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Which book indexing system is better?

Dewey Decimal System
Library of Congress Classes
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Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby Alpha Omicron » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:40 pm UTC

Which do you feel is superior, and why?
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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby Exotria » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:13 pm UTC

I work as a page at a library using Dewey Decimal, so I can actually navigate Dewey Decimal. Library of Congress makes me angry and confused whenever I go to a library that uses it.

That, and its initials are DD. Come on.
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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby joeframbach » Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:50 am UTC

Exotria wrote:I work as a page at a library...
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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby steewi » Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:23 am UTC

Dewey, because it's what I'm familiar with more than LOC. Both were created by people with alterior motives (Dewey by an anglocentric nutcase, LOC by committees with their own agendas. Like democracy, it's the worst of the lot, except for all the others.

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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby Masily box » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:29 pm UTC

I work at a university library, and (like most universities, as far as I can tell) we use LC. (That is, I believe, the more usual abbreviation.) Also I interned at the Library of Congress for a summer once.

So I think my preferences are obvious...

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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby Kizyr » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:23 pm UTC

LOC, but entirely because that's what my university used and what I got used to. ...and also since the only other library I mainly used while I was in college was the Library of Congress. But I admit my bias. KF

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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby Luthen » Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:02 am UTC

Dewey, about half a belief that's more elegant (in an unjustifiable, explicable way), quarter bias/habit from all the libraries I've been to, a fifth annoyance with LC's glaring americo-centricity and what's left is the Luthen Uncertainty Factor.
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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby plsander » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:19 pm UTC

Library of Congress....

  • The LoC number of a given book will be the same across libraries.
  • LoC supports more titles in a given subject area -- you run out of Dewey numbers if your collection is deep in a topic
  • My college library uses it
  • My employer's library uses it.

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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby netcrusher88 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:01 am UTC

plsander wrote:[*]The LoC number of a given book will be the same across libraries.
This alone is good enough, if you ask me. I personally usually prefer Dewey Decimal because it's a tad bit less confusing at first, but that just means it's less complex. And it's what I learned first.

As a plus for libraries et al, most books already come with an LOC number.
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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby Joeldi » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:43 am UTC

Today was the first time I'd heard of the LOC System, so I'm biased, but it looks much more confusing compared to the DDS.
I actually came to this thread wondering if anyone new the exact format of a Dewey Decimal number. Trying to write a regex and the complete standard isn't available. I can start a new thread, but it's kinda on topic if we're discussing exactly how each of these work.
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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby EmptySet » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:17 pm UTC

DDC, which should hardly be surprising given that I am not American. LCC is designed primarily around the needs of the Library of Congress, and it shows.

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Re: Dewey Decimal vs LOC Classes

Postby pizzazz » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:27 am UTC

LOC. DD categories are too vague for me and I always have trouble figuring out where books I want are.

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