Thinking about classification

a CILIP CIG workshop

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Wed, 28th Jun 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Classification is a fundamental part of library and information work, but rarely gets the same attention as its cataloguing cousin. Not only does classification tell us where to place a physical or electronic resource, it also organises knowledge itself. This workshop offers an opportunity to think about and discuss the broad concerns of classification theory and practice, without focusing on any one particular scheme.

  • Have you been classifying for years, but rarely get a chance to ask why we classify in the way that we do?
  • Are you a student who wants to hear more from practitioners?
  • Do you have a reclassification story to tell or are/have been part of a reclassification project?
  • Would you like to ponder the ethical dimensions of classification, including potentially offensive class names and unethical hierarchies?
  • Do you need to “sell” a classification project to a management team or funders?
  • Would you like to hear more about some of the exciting developments in classification that are taking place now and in the future?

Sessions include an equal measure of talks and hands-on activities, including “Classification speed-dating”, “Classification elevator pitches”, “Classification scheme ethical analysis” and “Reclassification group problem-solving”.

The workshop will be led by Deborah Lee (Senior Cataloguer, Courtauld Institute of Art, and PhD student, City, University of London) and Anastasia Kerameos (Serials and e-Resources librarian, BFI).  Our guest speakers are Prof. Vanda Broughton (Emeritus Professor, UCL), Dr Aida Slavic (Editor-in-chief, UDC) and Robin Armstrong Viner (Head of Collection Management, University of Kent).


Closing date for bookings: 14 June 2017

If booking for more than one place please make separate bookings.  Please also note that invoices will not be issued until shortly after the event.

Sponsored places

We are pleased to be able to offer two sponsored places for this event, which include the fee for the event and up to £50 towards travel costs. Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required). Please note that there are different criteria for each of the places. If you are eligible for both, you are welcome to submit an application for each, but please include separate applications.

Sponsored place (Reclassification)

The application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why you would like to attend the event, and briefly describe a current or past experience with reclassification that you could use as the topic of a brief (5-10 minutes) presentation to the whole group.

Sponsored place (Report)

The application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why you would like to attend the event, how you would use your attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest including writing a blog post and/or article for C&I, and why you would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship.

Please submit your application to Debbie,, by 5 May 2017.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by 15 May 2017.

Cancellation policy

Please note our cancellation policy: once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.


  • 10-10:15 Introduction to workshop
  • 10:15-11:00 What is classification?
  • 11:00-11:45 Classification schemes: their creation, management and localisations
  • 11:45-12:00 Tea/coffee break
  • 12:00-12:45 Reclassification
  • 12:45-13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45-14:30 Ethical issues in classification
  • 14:30-15:15 Classification advocacy
  • 15:15-15:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 15:30-16:15 The future of classification: current research and future developments
  • 16:15-16:30 Final questions and roundup


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United Kingdom