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Geographical Filing in Library Science

The arrangement of material or of entries in a list, catalogue, bibliography, etc. according to place. The term includes both alphabetical arrangements by place-names, and filing by a geographic classification scheme, and also sub-arrangement by place within a given filing system. Gesner, Knorad Von (1516-65) invented a scheme that is often considered the first serious book on classification. While a professor at Zurich University, he published the Bibliotheca Universities (1545) and a supplement. It is a systematic arrangement of books according to the subject employed. Sayers argues that a “Hierarchy of knowledge of an ‘ideal kin’ result…it is the great medieval attempt to relate the arrangement of books to the educational and scientific consensus of the day.”

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