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Subject Classification Practice: S.R. Ranganathan's Postulational Approach

M.A. Gopinath (Author) M.A. Alar Mel Mangai (Author) A. Neelameghan (Editor) K.N. Prasad (Editor)
Synopsis In his paper ‘Subject heading and facet analysis’ (Journal of Documentation. 20(1); 1964, Sep,; P. 109-119) Dr. S.R. Ranganathan demonstrated that the Postulational Approach is a systematic method of arriving at the precise representation of subjects embodied in a document or any other medium. The subject is expressed as a combination of different categories of ideas (Basic subject, Facets, Isolates and Speciators or Qualifiers). Once the verbal expression of a subject is arrived at any scheme for document classification (CC,DDC, UDC or any other ) may be used for assigning the Class Number. Also, the expression of the subject in the verbal plane (in words) can be the basis for the systematic generation of various types of indexes to subjects (Chain index, POPSI, PRECIS, KWAC etc.). The Postulation Approach is anchored on the normative principles and postulates of the General Theory of Knowledge Classification. In this book Dr M.A. Gopinath and Alar Mel Mangai demonstrate, with examples and practical exercises, the application of the Postulational Approach to subject analysis, synthesis and representation and assigning of corresponding class numbers using different schemes of classification (CC ed. 6. and 7.DDC ed, 19,20, and 21 and UDC 4). This book is first of its kind and can be of great help to students of classification, classifiers, teachers of classification, and any one interested in Postulational Approach to Subject Classification in general. Although the examples given are mainly from printed documents, the methodology can be applied to subject embodied in any other medium including digital medium.
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About the authors

M.A. Gopinath

An outstanding teacher, a serious researcher and an eminent scholar, Prof. Malur Aji Gopinath has been serving the field of Library and Information Science for over four decades with missionary zeal. Though his teachings, nation-wide professional discourses, guidance of research dissertations, and global level involvement in the field, Prof. Gopinath has come to be regarded as the torch-bearer of Indian Librarianship for a vast majority of library professionals of this generation. bron in Tumkur, Karnataka, on 17 August 1940. Prof. Gopinath had his early education at the University of Mysore. He graduated in LIbrarianship from the Madras University in 1963 (B.Lib.Sc). In 1969, he obtained the Associateship in Documentation and Inforamtion Science from DRTC. Indian Statistical Institute. He was awarded Ph.D. fro his work on classification by the Karnatak University in 1981. Starting his professional career as Research Assistand under Dr. S.R. Ranganathan. Prof. Gopinath taught at the DRTC, Bangalore, from 1969 to 1995 during hwich time he rose to the position of Professor and Head of the Centre. HIs professional contributions have been global with national touch. Several universities in India and USA, and UNESCO have benefited by his advice on Library and Information Science Education. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor, at the School of Library and Information Science in North Carolina Central University. Durham, USA. The awards in recognition of his contributions to the profession are several including National Lecturer in Library Science, UGC (1984): Fulbright Senior Fellow (1986): Visiting Research Scholar, British Council, London (1980, 1990): Fellow of the Society for Information Science. India (1994): International Kaula Gold Medal Award (1995). Prof. Gopinath's multificeted scholarship and research interests evidenced in his many publications that are widely used. He has been Editor/Consulting Editor for the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (UK), Knowledge Organization (Germany), SRELS Journal of Information Management (India). He was mainly responsible for preparing Dr. Ranganathan's Colon Classification. edition 7 (1987).

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M.A. Alar Mel Mangai

Mrs Alarmel Mangai, a mathematics graduate of the Madras University also hols a post graduate degree in library and information science from the same university. Dr. S.R. Ranganathan's works attracted her. She had an opportunity to make a contribution to the teaching and learning of classification while working as a research assistand and collaborating with Dr. M.A. Gopinath on the present book

A. Neelameghan

Prof. A. Neelameghan, Member-Secretary, Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, Bangalore

K.N. Prasad

K.N. Prasad (Kedarnath Prasad) had his education in Patna University (established in 1917) from Matriculatin (1943) to Master of Arts in Economics (1949). He entered the Bihar Education Service in 1949 as a lecturer in Economics. Mr. Prasad was awarded the Ph.D. in Economics by the Cambridge University in 1960. In 1962 he became Reader and in 1964 University Professor. In 1975 he became Principal, Patna College. In January 1979 he moved to the university department of Economics as its Head. Between August 1979 and April 1987 he was Vice-Chancellor of Patna University twice (also Dean of the Faculty of Social Science for a term). After retirement from the University Service, in December 1989 he became Member (Economics) of the State Planning Board for a period of three years. He was also Member (Economics) of the Second Bihar Irrigation Commission upto August 1994. In the last five decades he has produced a large number of books (listed in the bibliography; extending those written in Hindi, of which five were reciplients of awards during 1952-54) as well as many research papers (a few of them in international journals). He directed a number of field studies. He supervised the research awarded research degrees. He was associated with numerous academic and administrative bodies and institutions, state and national. He is a widely travelled man. He was one of the earliest President of the Bihar State Economics Association.

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Bibliographic information

Title Subject Classification Practice: S.R. Ranganathan's Postulational Approach
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190095765
length vi+186p., 24cm.