Enhancing Your Classification Skills: DDC at Your Fingertips

Date : 24-26 September 2012
Venue: Mahkota Hotel Melaka

SBL HRDF Claimable (private sector)



The landscape of quality information services depends on the ecology of libraries and information centres, based on the needs of the industry, aiming to achieve excellent service performance and fulfilling customer satisfaction. Therefore, information professionals responsible for the management of libraries and information centres require sound and quality knowledge and skills in order to carry out their duties properly and effectively.

This three-day workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to know and better understand the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) scheme. Participants also will gain experience and skills of classifying materials and the capability of effectively constructing Dewey Decimal Classification scheme call numbers.


By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the process of determining classification numbers
  • Learn and understand the foundation of classifying materials using the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme
  • Enhance the knowledge and skills in constructing Dewey Decimal Classification scheme call numbers
  • Build confidence in assigning Dewey Decimal Classification scheme call numbers
Main Topics
  • Introduction to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme (DDC)
  • Principles and structure of DDC
  • Organisation of knowledge in DDC
  • Schedules, summaries, relative index
  • Identifying class numbers using DDC schedules
  • Tables in DDC
  • Building class numbers using tables and other parts of the schedule
  • Building DDC call numbers

24 September 2012  ( Monday)

Time Programme
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Introduction to cataloguing and classification of information materials
09:00 – 10:00 Introduction to DDC call numbers
10:00 – 10:30 Morning refreshment
10:30 – 12:30 Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification: principles and structure, organisation of knowledge in DDC
12.30 – 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 03:00 Schedules, summaries, relative index
03:00 – 05:00 Hands-on – Using summaries and relative index
05:00 Afternoon refreshment


25 September 2012 (Tuesday)

Time Programme
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Finding class numbers using relative index and schedules
10:00 – 10:30 Morning refreshment
10:30 – 12:30 DDC number building: notation sources and methods of number building
12:30 – 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 03:00 DDC number building: 1.  Number building using Table 1 Standard subdivision
03:00 – 05:00 DDC number building: 2. Number building using Table 2 – Table 6
05:00 Afternoon refreshment


26 September 2012 (Wednesday)

Time Programme
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Number building using part of class number from the schedule
10:00 – 10:30 Morning refreshment
10:30 – 12:30 Number building using the whole number from the scheduleHands-on
12.30 – 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 04:00 Hands-on – Classification of information materials
04:00 – 05:00 Questions & Discussions
Workshop review
Presentation of certificates
05:00 Afternoon refreshment



Salmah Salleh
Consultant, Cataloguing & Information Management
M.L.S.(Loughborough); D.L.I.S.(Loughborough); B.Lib.Sc.(UiTM)

Prior to establishing Wisdom Synergy Enterprise, Ms Salmah Hj Salleh was a lecturer at the Faculty of Information Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), actively educating Library and Information Science students for more than seventeen years. Her areas of expertise are Cataloguing & Classification, Information Storage & Retrieval, Organisation of Information, Computerised Cataloguing, Metadata for Resource Recovery, Library Management, Community Information Services and Academic Libraries.

Ms Salmah began her professional career at Universiti Putra Malaysia (1978-1986). At UPM she was first a Library Officer, followed by a Reference Librarian and Cataloguer. Upon receiving the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (1979-1980), Salmah attained her Master’s in Library Science from the Loughborough University of Technology (UK). She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Library Studies from the Loughborough University of Technology and a Bachelor in Library Science from Institut Teknologi MARA, now known as UiTM. She was also a recipient of the BISA Fellowship (1984-1985) attached at the University of Sydney Library.

She had the opportunity whilst there to attend a two-week course (Information Method) at the Kurringgai College of Education (Sydney, NSW) and a two-week academic visit to libraries in Canberra, Australia.

In 1992, Salmah worked with INFOKRAF Malaysia for a data conversion consultancy project. She was also actively involved with organisations such as MASTIC, KTKM, ATMA and UPSI for similar projects. She was previously a member of ILMU (Integrated Library Management Utility), previously known as SISPUKOM (Sistem Perpustakaan Berkomputer), a text-based integrated library system.

Since her retirement from UiTM, she has been very active conducting courses, workshops, training and consultations for libraries and library professionals across Malaysia covering specific topics such as Cataloguing of Electronic Resources, Cataloguing and Classifying Information Resources, Cataloguing Policies, MARC Tagging and Coding, Organisation of Information Materials, Metadata, and NLM Classification.

An ardent and passionate cataloguer, Salmah was blessed with the opportunity to spread her expertise internationally when she was involved with Brunei and Acheh projects and her most recent overseas project was at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in April 2010.