Doing Without Dewey

At ALA TechSource, Karen Schneider gives more details about the two Arizona libraries who aren't using the Dewey Decimal System, and about what they are using in its place.

Discord Over Dewey

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona.
"But the debate, say many librarians, is about more than one branch's organizational system. It feeds into a broader, increasingly urgent discussion about libraries, where a growing number of patrons, used to Google and Yahoo, simply don't look for books and information the way they used to. Some are drawing on cues from the Internet in proposals for overhauls of cataloging systems, but others are more hesitant, saying that the Web's tendency to provide thousands of somewhat-relevant results flies in the face of the carefully tailored research libraries pride themselves on."

County libraries defend Dewey Decimal System

A library in Arizona may have plans to drop the Dewey Decimal System, but Carroll County Public Library Director Lynn Wheeler says it would be chaos without the widely used classification system.

"I can't imagine the inefficiency of trying to run a library of this size without Dewey," said Wheeler. "It makes it much more manageable."


Arizona library to be first to drop Dewey Decimal System

Interesting News From AZ where the new Gilbert library will be the first public library in the nation whose entire collection will be categorized without the Dewey Decimal Classification System, Maricopa County librarians say.

Instead, tens of thousands of books in the Perry Branch library will be shelved by topic, similar to the way bookstores arrange books. The demise of the century-old Dewey Decimal system is overdue, county librarians say: It's just too confusing for people to hunt down books using those long strings of numbers and letters. Dewey essentially arranges books by topic and assigns call numbers for each book.
Spotted @ The Stuff.

On this day, Dewey first classified

teaperson writes "May 8, 1873. Amherst College. A junior named Melville Dewey approaches the faculty about reorganizing the library collection. Mass Moments has details, including this letter written a decade later: "Sum day, dear Amherst, may it be my happy lot tu pruv how great iz the love I bear yu. Proud, always, everwher to be counted among yur sonz, I am Very truly, Melvil Dui.""


"File Under Other"--Cataloging Zines

The Boston Globe offers an interesting story that looks at the problems of collecting non-standard materials. Zine librarian Jenna Freedman is featured.

There is no preexisting librarians' code pertaining to how one should handle a document that includes a free prophylactic; Freedman stows the entire zine, ephemera and all, along with a rigid, acid-free cardboard backing in a plastic sleeve designed for comic books.

Cory Doctorow: taxonomies/metadata: it's all crap

madcow writes ""Now that the digital age has blown apart traditional ways of organizing information, what's next? Suddenly, everything is miscellaneous."

"David and Cory discuss the advantages and pitfalls of explicit and implicit metadata, tags and the rules governing the use and re-use of content in commerce and culture.""

New homes for Typo of the Day and its creators

Terry Ballard writes "The blog Typo of the Day, formerly at has moved to a new home at . The Libtypos crew, known to the world as Database Protectors also maintains a wiki at, which lists the 100+ typos featured on the blog since its creation, and provides links to that day's posting.
A listserv from the group, that was created in 2000 on Yahoo groups was recently adopted by NELINET, thanks to a generous offer by NELINET's director Arnold Hirshon. You can subscribe by going to:

The List Page

This group provides frequent updates to information about errors in online catalogs, and its members volunteer to work the blog and wiki. Further information about this project can be obtained from Terry Ballard, Automation Librarian, the Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, Hamden CT, 06518. His email is terry.ballard at"


Library Connection Submits OCLC #100,000,000

Anonymous Patron writes "OCLC record number 100,000,000 was contributed on March 29, 2007 with the addition of "It's a horse's life! : advice and observations for the humans who choose to share it" by Joanne M. Friedman. This milestone was breached by Library Connection Inc.(CKE) of Windsor Connecticut. Here is the MARC from their catalog


LOC Continues Cataloging Overhaul

Anonymous Patron writes "Greetings from Baltimore, where the 13th National Conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries is drawing to a close. To coincide with the conference, some sweeping changes have been announced by none other than the Library of Congress regarding how they handing the cataloging of materials."



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