Library Studies

Excellence in Scholarship and Learning


Library Classification and Browsing

The Conjunction of Readers and Documents

Author Text to Follow

Presents a detailed description of the various “meeting points” between reader and material; traces the historical and technological developments that provide the background for the “meeting”; and explores the factors that influenced both the physical form and the informational content of documents. Concepts of library material classification are reviewed from the libraries of antiquity to those of the 1990s. The main focus is on the important role played by browsing, a common information-seeking behaviour of library and information centre users.

This book sheds light on the most common of human behavior patterns, and is intended for students, researchers and practitioners in the field of Library and Information Science. The book includes chapters on: Technology and the Theoretical Concepts of Knowledge Organization; Shelf Arrangement; Access to Shelves; Concepts of Browsing; and Browsing as an Information Retrieval Tool.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-902210-55-1
Hardback Price: £19.95 / $45.00
Release Date: September 2000
Page Extent / Format: 192 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


List of Tables

1 Technology and Concepts of Knowledge

Technology and Society
Technology and the Library

2 Shelf Arrangement: Storage

3 Shelf Arrangement: Intellectual Classification

4 Access to the Shelves

5 The Accessibility of Materials

Factors Connected to Physical Aspects of the Library and the Organization of its Materials Factors Connected to Library Policy
Factors Connected to the Method of Stock Management Factors Connected to the Intellectual System of Organizing the Materials

6 Concepts of Browsing

7 Browsing as an Information Retrieval Tool Effectiveness of Browsing

8 The Conjunction of Readers and Documents
Channels of Mediation
Encounters without Mediatory Tools


This book will be a great asset to library science faculty, students, and library users in understanding the theoretical concepts of knowledge, organization, and planning.
Library Times International

Readers benefit from the author’s historical overview of libraries, library classification and books.
American Reference Books Annual

Books can be ordered by phone or online

Ordering in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America and Rest of the World

Gazelle Book Services
Direct sales tel.: +44 (0)1524 528500; email:
Web ordering:

Ordering in the United States and Canada
Independent Publishers Group (IPG)
Direct sales tel.: (800) 888-4741
Web ordering:

Bookseller Ordering
Information is provided under the Resources tab.

eBook Ordering
e-Book type availability can be sourced via by book title. Kindle availability is via Amazon .com and sites.