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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 16:11:43 -0500
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Subject: LC Subject Headings and Dewey Numbers Li


Peter J. Paulson +1-518-489-8549
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DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1996--Selected new Library of Congress subject
headings have been linked to Dewey Decimal Classification numbers and are
now available on the Dewey Home Page.

The Dewey editors review and pair topics of interest not specifically
mentioned in the _Dewey Decimal Classification_, edition 21, with candidate
DDC numbers.  Every other Monday, the headings and numbers are posted to the
Dewey Home Page [] under DDC, then Hot Classification
Topics.  Once there, users can browse the list of new headings or access the
cumulated list of headings.  Selected headings will be added to the Library
of Congress Subject Headings index in the annual updates of the Dewey for
Windows compact disc, and topics with enough literary warrant will be
incorporated into the DDC.

"The process of linking LC subject headings to DDC numbers on the Web will
provide classifiers with numbers for topics of current interest," said Peter
J. Paulson, executive director of OCLC Forest Press.  "This service achieves
a long-term goal of the Dewey editors and Forest Press to improve the
currency of the DDC."

Examples of recent LC subject headings linked to DDC numbers on the Dewey
Home Page include:  Alien abduction, Charter schools, JavaScript (computer
program language), Railbiking and World Wide Web.  The Dewey numbers posted
are not exhaustive; the schedules and tables should be consulted before
applying a number from this list.

In addition to linking LC subject headings to Dewey numbers, the Dewey Home
Page offers information on new Dewey products, tips on searching Dewey for
Windows, an update on Dewey research projects, and a prototype multilingual
browser based on the Dewey summaries.

OCLC Forest Press, a division of OCLC since 1988, is based in Albany, New
York, and publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit computer library service
and research organization whose computer network and services link more than
23,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories.  More information is
available at the OCLC Web site [].           (EH/ND)