4 thoughts on “You ditched Dewey and replaced it with what exactly?

  1. Wait a minute, I’m supposed to read the facts and consider the Maricopa County’s research-based decision to drop Dewey instead of blindly raging? Where’s the fun in that?

  2. Sometimes it takes a child… Visit http://www.kidsclick.org , a kid’s search engine. They have a neat little link at the bottom you can click on to see “What does this page look like through a Librarian’s Eyes?” Toggle back and forth and ponder the debate.

  3. I’m sorry, but acting like librarians think totally in Dewey is silly. We’re much more likely to use the same kidsclick version as the kids. Most of us use Dewey as a shelving mechanism to locate a specific book, but think of a whole section as “Education” or “Medical” or “Travel.” If you put big signs with those words over the appropriate areas and tell people that the Dewey number is just there as a sort of address when you’re in a hurry to quickly tell you exactly where on a shelf a book should be, I think you have the best of both worlds.

    I wouldn’t tell the 911 system they had to stop using addresses because most people who came to an area just wanted to browse and shop and didn’t care exactly what the street address of the stores were. Different people have different needs, and there’s no reason you can’t design for both.

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