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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 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By By Tali Balas Kaplan, Andrea K. Dolloff, Sue Giffard, and Jennifer Still-Schiff:

 

"Our post-Dewey system, which we’ve affectionately dubbed Metis (after the clever, crafty mother of the Greek god Athena), puts things together in a way that encourages kids to move easily from one idea to another. Zack’s natural and simple segue from paper craft to sewing would probably never have happened with Dewey: it would have entailed a jump from 735 to 646. That’s a big reason why a small but growing number of school and public libraries—from the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, AZ; and Burke High School in Omaha, NE; to the newly opened Carmel Elementary School in Clarksville, TN; and Darien Library in Connecticut—have ditched Dewey, or at least have escorted the 136-year-old system partway out the door.
Has Metis made a difference? Absolutely. During the past year, in our middle-grade library (for kids in grades three to five), we’ve seen dramatic increases in circulation—including around 100 percent or more in our “Sports,” “Countries,” “Humor,” and “Mystery” sections, and a spike of 240 percent in “Machines” (which includes the military and transportation). And in those always under-used sections like “Languages” and what we now call “Community” (sections of the 300s in Dewey), we’ve seen a jump of more than 300 percent. The early grades library, for preK through second-grade kids, has seen similar gains in areas such as “Humor” (87 percent), “Scary” (148 percent), and “Adventure” (110 percent)."


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Gilbert library doing away with Dewey - Arizona Republic

Gilbert library doing away with Dewey - Arizona Republic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A "bookstore look and feel" is coming to Gilbert's Southeast Regional Library.

Maricopa County Library District, which is doing away with the Dewey Decimal Classification System in all of its 17 libraries, has begun transforming its largest library to a more user-friendly book classification. It reflects a bookstore type of classification, with books organized according to major categories and subcategories.

The Deweyless system is slated to be in place by spring at Southeast Regional. The first step in the process -- weeding dated and damaged books -- has begun."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2012/07/02/20120702gilbert-library-doing-away-dewey.html#ixzz20OS9M4OH

 

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