Librarians: Really useful cataloguing

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Librarians: Really useful cataloguing

Programme Overview

This course will offer access to a school library that shelves books by Dewey system.

Librarians – Really useful cataloguing
Delivery ModelFace to Face sessions
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material 
  • Refreshments and lunch (if applicable)
  • AED 1100 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school.
  • If you would like bespoke, in-school training, please contact Rebecca ( for more information.
Deadline booking date:

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Date of TrainingTuesday 8th February 2022
Time (UAE)8:30am to 3:30pm
VenueDubai – to be confirmed

Please note: 
If COVID restrictions are introduced, this course will become an online training session.

Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY School librarians or teachers in charge of a library who wish to know more about how cataloguing and classification systems can be used within the school library.  Learn how to teach order in the library to students in an engaging way.

Aims of the course
  • To learn about different classification and cataloguing systems
  • Understand how to organise fiction resources and apply Dewey to nonfiction resources in a suitable way for your library users.
  • Gain ideas for teaching order in the library to students so it is fun and stimulating.
  • Know how Dewey numbers are constructed
  • Be able to select appropriate keywords and subject headings to ensure resources can be found easily
  • Be aware of how to make use of the features in automated library management systems to maximise their potential for teaching and learning and for reading for pleasure
Intended outcomes
  • Understanding how to use classification systems to ensure resources can be found easily by users
  • Be familiar with the Dewey Decimal Classification System and be able to teach this to students
  • Be confident in using keywords and subject headings to aid discovery of resources by library users
  • Know how to use features within automated library management systems (LMS) to maximise use of resources for teaching and learning and reading for pleasure

Sarah Pavey

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Sarah Pavey has worked as a teacher librarian for many years, both in the independent and maintained sectors in the UK. She has published several professional books and is also a co-author of "The Innovative School Librarian". Her new publication “Playing Games in the School Library” will be available in September 2021. Sarah has spoken at numerous teaching and library conferences and training events, most recently at the World Education Summit. Sarah holds a post 16 teaching certificate and is involved with the training of teachers and librarians on a regular basis in a variety of areas. This course considers how we might need to adapt our role as librarians and the services we offer following the COVID-19 pandemic. The course will cover developing an online service that meets the needs of our users, learning to collate and curate online products and engage with members of the school community in using them and expanding our awareness of online tools for delivery.

Programme details:

It is important for any library that users can find the information they need in what ever format easily.  This course considers the different ways we might arrange our stock with particular emphasis on the Dewey Decimal System and how this can be adapted to suit different age groups and needs of the school.  We will discover the secret to good cataloguing content and how to make digital media more visible.  Finally, the course will cover maximising the potential of your LMS.

This course draws upon that experience looking at cataloguing and classification within the school library.

Sarah has run courses for several years in Dubai. Her courses are very interactive and based around practical exercises. This course includes:

  • Introduction to cataloguing and classification
  • Different classification systems
  • Ways to teach the Dewey Decimal System
  • Tweaking Dewey to make it work for your school
  • Choosing keywords and subject headings
  • Making digital media visible
  • Automated cataloguing systems and how to make the most of them


Please note – This course will offer access to a school library that shelves books by Dewey system.


Day One
08:30 Registration and refreshments
  • Introductions
  • What do we mean by Classification and Cataloguing?
  • What kinds of classification system are there?
  • Organising fiction, nonfiction, and digital resources
  • How to teach the Dewey Decimal System to students of all ages
11:00 Coffee Break
  • The Dewey Decimal System an introduction to the tables and more complex numbers
  • Tweaking for difficult areas – making it work for your school
  • Choosing keywords and subject headings
13:00 Lunch Break
  • Automated Library Management Systems – how can you make the most of the features they offer to support research use and literacy?
  • Plenary
15:30 Finish



About the SP4IL

SP4IL is the name of Sarah Pavey’s training and consultancy business.  If you would like to arrange some bespoke, in-school training with Sarah, please contact Rebecca Annand who will be happy to assist you –

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