Saturday, July 21, 2007

Debate Over Dewey

Via LISNews, article from Wall St. Journal on public libraries rejection of Dewey classification in favor of broad, bookstore-style, genres categories. In one case, at least, results are encouraging: "Since the doors opened last month, visitors have checked out about 900 items a day, far more than the 100 to 150 that typically circulate daily in nearby branches." But the ether has been churning on Autocat, and it seems extrapolation to large libraries would be misleading.

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