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To Dewey or not to Dewey? That is the question. Current thinking on information organisation in schools.
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Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System | School Library Journal

Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System | School Library Journal | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it
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Join the authors for a Twitter chat, Thursday, October 11, at 9 p.m. EST hashtag: #sljdewey .

Has Metis made a difference?  Absolutely!


 

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Reorganizing Non-fiction: A Dewey Hybrid Model | ALSC Blog

Reorganizing Non-fiction: A Dewey Hybrid Model | ALSC Blog | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

'Pursuing excellence for library service to children'. · The blog of the Association for library service to children.

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Not 'Dewey-free' but child friendly. A system for elementary schools and children's libraries.  There are 9 major groups and within each the books are arranged in Dewey order.

 

A good way to test the waters in your school?

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Death to Dewey

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"ALIA Top End Symposium 2004 paper..."

 

Not a school library, but a thoughtful, practical and researched paper presented to the Australian Library and Information Association (Northern Territory branch) in 2004, reporting on reorganisation. 

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Van Meter Library Voice: Reorganizing The Fiction Within Our Library And Destiny's Visual Search Too!

Van Meter Library Voice: Reorganizing The Fiction Within Our Library And Destiny's Visual Search Too! | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

An elementary library where Dewey has been ditched and the nonfiction collection was organized into subjects, the book store model of classification. 

Anddetails of the thinking and process at http://vanmeterlibraryvoice.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/we-spiced-up-shelvesand-ditched-dewey.html .

 
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CURRENT THINKING ACROSS THE PROFESSION - October 2012

On 16/10/2012, Barbara Braxton, a teacher librarian in Australia,  summarised a long and thoughtful discussion on LM_NET for the benefit of OZTL_NET members, most succinctly. Barbara has given permission for her summary to appear here. She would like it known that this summary does not necessarily reflect her own opinion.

 

' This subject - moving to a genre-based organisation of the library- has been the focus of debate on this list in the past, but just last week (again) on LM_NET. Each camp puts forward its own perspective quite vehemently but in the latest round, some of the arguments NOT to do this were very strong and persuasive. They focused on

* Who decides the genre categories and their location – are 26 letters of the alphabet not a more organised format already?

* Who decides the location of each title and on what criteria is that placement based?

* Who decides the placement if a book straddles genres?

* How is that decision made?

* How is consistency across time guaranteed if personnel change because decisions are so subjective?

* Who is responsible for developing and maintaining the Procedures Manual to ensure consistency?

* What is the purpose for the change?

* Why is Dewey not working for you?

* If Dewey is not working, then how you can modify that to fix it rather than introducing a non-standard ‘fix’?

* If it is to be more like a bookstore, then why is that more important than being like other libraries?

* If it is to be more like a bookstore, is the bookstore model effective particularly if you don’t know quite what you’re looking for?

* Is the change worth the time that is invested in re-classifying every title and the money invested in new labels, staff wages etc?

* Could that time and money be better spent?

* If students do not learn how to use Dewey in the primary setting, how will they manage it in high school or public libraries, particularly where there is an expectation by the high school that an understanding of how to use it is an acquired skillset?

* If students are browsing by genre will they then confine themselves to that genre?

* Do primary-aged students, particularly those under 11-12 years, have preferences for particular genres? (My research indicates they were more swayed by author and topic until late Year 6.)

*· What is the purpose of switching non-fiction resources to a ‘genre’ classification when Dewey, essentially does this by grouping like subjects together?

 

Those who had switched said they found that circulation had increased but that is not necessarily a reliable measure of efficacy but there were many horror tales of new personnel moving in and finding no consistency in location or records, and spending many hours of time that could be spent with students reverting back to a more common, organised system.

 

While much of the discussion was anecdotal (perhaps it could be a focus of some formal research), in this round of the ongoing debate, my assessment was that the traditionalists’ arguments were much stronger than those who had made drastic changes.

 

I have no opinion but these are issues I would certainly be considering before I committed myself to change.

Barbara'

 

Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children's Services)

COOMA NSW 2630

barbara.288@bigpond.com

 

CONCURRENTLY the same issue was being discussed on sln in the UK, and there was a strong preference for retaining Dewey so we can prepare students to use university libraries and for consistency amongst schools.

 

Jan

http://janslibrary.weebly.com

 

 

 

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A School Library Transformed Series | Going Beyond Survival in a School Library

A School Library Transformed Series | Going Beyond Survival in a School Library | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

"Posts about A School Library Transformed Series written by Cindy Kilpatrick..."

Links to a series of 6  posts on the transformation of a Dewey library to a bookstoremodel with islands in a K-12 school.  Post 2 has the reasons for this decision. 

 

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Miss Christine: Bookstore model in the school library

Miss Christine: Bookstore model in the school library | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

Interesting report of a practicum exercise.  More an exercise in 'featured collections', however the borrowing stats supplied showed the exercise was very worthwhile.  In my own thinking, this type of model is very practical, especially where the library is subscribed to a union catalogue. 

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Eliterate Librarian: Mr. Dewey, I Bid you Adieu

Eliterate Librarian: Mr. Dewey, I Bid you Adieu | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

Read the rationale and experience of a middle school librarian, Tamara Cox,  who ditched Dewey.

Great blog too, by the way.

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The DDC is Killing our Libraries - Infomancy

'The Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC) is broken. I am not going to entertain any sort of conversation on this point, it is just a fact you need to accept. Accept it, and move on. One of the incontrovertible facts that clearly demonstrate the brokenness of DDC is that we have to teach DDC, and that is the focus here.

So when (not if, when) we get rid of DDC, we are going to need a new system. So what should it look like? The basis of the new system I would suggest needs to be the basic concept of “Don’t make me think!” When I walk into a school library, especially an elementary school library where the DDC is especially developmentally inappropriate, I should immediately and instinctively understand how and why books are classified. When I want to find a book about animals, why aren’t they all located together? Under the new system, they will be. ... read on... (Christopher Harris in New York)

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Taking the guesswork out of genre

It is our job at SCIS to ensure we meet the needs of school librarians in creating an easily accessible library catalogue, where every physical item has a dist…
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Underlying reservations librarians have about genrefication is frequently the concern about time taken to allocate genre.  This slideshare addresses that problem.  The system is Australian.  The principles are not.

 

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Dewey Free

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Explore L Gunderson's hand-picked collection of Pins about Dewey Free on Pinterest. | See more about school libraries, libraries and shelving.
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This pinterest is also curating on this topic.  Check it out.

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Summer Project: Kill Dewey - The Digital Shift

Summer Project: Kill Dewey - The Digital Shift | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

An elementary library experience.  Includes an elementary classification by Kristie Miller and Christopher Harris.

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LIBRARY STUFF: TO DEWEY OR NOT TO DEWEY?

LIBRARY STUFF: TO DEWEY OR NOT TO DEWEY? | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it
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'...  is Dewey the best classification system for school libraries? Would we serve our users better by adopting an alternative system? …'  Barbara is refocusing on the continuing issue and inviting further discussion.  Very thoughtful.  From the UK.

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MUSINGS on METIS

MUSINGS on METIS | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

Four librarians who form a creative team at Ethical Culture School in New York City, chose to reorganise their collection and have called their system METIS. 

'We strive to make our library as child-centered as we possibly can. Over the spring and summer of 2011 we devised an alternative to the Dewey Decimal System; Metis is our new Categorization system designed from the child's perspective.'

 

Details of the system can be found at http://metisinnovations.com/

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Love, Laugh, Learn: Dewey vs. Genres

Love, Laugh, Learn: Dewey vs. Genres | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

The thoughts (but no decisions) on the topic from S. Nunciato,a Teacher librarian and information literacy specialist.

There are a lot of school librarians who are actively considering (but not necessarily adopting) genre based organisation.

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The Uncommon blog » Blog Archive » Reshelving Project: Almost There and Already Awesome!

The Uncommon blog » Blog Archive » Reshelving Project: Almost There and Already Awesome! | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

Documents the process of moving to genre-based shelving. 

Interesting Q and A in the comments.

A middle school in the US.

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Standards & Best Practices | Classification Schemes | BISAC Subject Headings | Tutorial & FAQ | Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

Book Industry Standards and Communications =BISAC

An alternative. Includes the scheme and tutorial.

 

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LOC: MARC’s Days are Numbered « Tennant: Digital Libraries

LOC: MARC’s Days are Numbered « Tennant: Digital Libraries | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

Not quite Dewey, but if I am interested in the future of the wider recording and organising of  information, this may interest you too.

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The Dewey Dilemma - By Barbara Fisher (Library Journal)

The Dewey Dilemma - By Barbara Fisher (Library Journal) | Dewey-free school libraries | Scoop.it

Great starting point.  From user POVs and including some about children and YA collections,  concluding with some excellent tips to get started.  Great links too

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