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The Love of Dewey…Or Not…

Posted by lizzybee1002 on October 3, 2007

Melvil Dewey created the Dewey Classification System way back in 1877 and it seems to have worked for libraries ever since. But recently, the Maricopa Public Library in AZ has started to create a Deweyless library system. The system that they are using is used by booksellers around the world and seems to be working. Most patrons do not know the Dewey System and really a lot of librarians need to look at a reference breakdown to send the patron to the right area.
Dewey is viewed as antique and unable to meet the demand of the new users, the millinuem kids that use abbrivations to and tags to talk and write. (U NO WHA I MEAN?)
I feel that libraries need to do what’s best for the patron and if the community wants an easier way to search for books then maybe it’s time to go the way of the bookseller and set everything up in sections like a Borders or a Barnes and Noble.
I personally am a fan of the deweyless system and that’s because I never really liked learning it because I have no head for all the numbers. Just ask my 6th grade library teacher I got a D in that class because I never could figure out that the 800 section was literature…Well it’s around that number anyway. šŸ˜‰

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