This paper reviews the literature on the inadequacies of the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) schedules for African literary authors and describes a modified practice that collocates African literature and facilitates patron browsing. Current LCC practice scatters African literature across the multiple European language classifications of former colonial powers. Future strategies could place individual authors more accurately in the context of their country, region, culture, and languages of authorship. The authors renew the call for a formal international effort to revisit the literature schedules and create new classification practices for African literature.
Published in Library Resources & Technical Services, ed. Mary Beth Weber, Volume 60, Issue 4, 2016, pages 270-277.
(c) Green, M. & Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2016). Classifying African literary authors. Library Resources and Technical Services, 60(4), 270-277.