Killing Dewey

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One library's story about switching from Dewey to a modified BISAC classification system.


<ul><li> 1. KILLING DEWEY Jezmynne Dene, MLIS Portneuf District Library Chubbuck, ID 83202 </li> <li> 2. WHO WE ARE Small library in Chubbuck, Idaho 12,000 patrons in our database 18,000 in our population area 13 employees 46,000 items, 6,000 non-book items A library that needed a theme </li> <li> 3. ABOUT OUR USERS Browsers Fiction readers This side of the Digital Divide </li> <li> 4. OUR INSPIRATION Overcrowded, unused collection Visit to Anythink! in Denver </li> <li> 5. WHAT WE DID Studied BISAC headings Made our own headings </li> <li> 6. WHAT WE DID Used words instead of nonsensical numbers and decimal points </li> <li> 7. WHERE DID WE CHANGE Nonfiction first User surveys Juvenile nonfiction second Matched juvenile nonfiction to school projects </li> <li> 8. WHEN DID WE CHANGE PLAN A: Initially going to do section by section Create space, pull and relabel materials Pull one heading at a time </li> <li> 9. WHEN DID WE CHANGE UNPLANNED B: Renovation Boxed the library, in rough order of new headings Unboxed in rough order </li> <li> 10. HOW DID WE CHANGE Planned! One year Weeded, heavily! Created our subject headings and sub categories Planned our new labels Planned shelves and locations </li> <li> 11. WHY WE DID IT Better categories OUR categories Mimic bookstore browsing Make more sense for our community </li> <li> 12. HOW LONG IT TOOK Closed 2 weeks for renovations Unboxing in a few days 8 weeks to relabel No dedicated staff for the job </li> <li> 13. SO WHAT HAPPENED? Deleted ~2000 nonfiction books Purchased many new nonfiction books 9800 adult nonfiction books 3600 juvenile nonfiction books New labels </li> <li> 14. SO WHAT HAPPENED? Hugely positive response from users Better organization and display of materials Improved browseability Improved finding for users and staff </li> <li> 15. SO WHAT HAPPENED? As we relabeled, we changed the catalog records Created shelf locations for nonfiction sections Able to pull stats on each section to see use </li> <li> 16. SO WHAT HAPPENED? Significant circulation increase 250% increase of nonfiction circ 90% overall circulation increase Biography section increased </li> <li> 17. SO WHAT HAPPENED? Staff Reactions Some not on board at first All on board after seeing the results User Reactions LOVE IT. </li> <li> 18. PROS: Better browsing for users Super easy to shelf read Super easy to find things Helped us hone and define our nonfiction collection </li> <li> 19. CONS: Some additional work for ordering Some additional work for cataloging Where do we stuff donations? </li> <li> 20. NEXT STEPS: FICTON Already done a pilot with paperbacks Choose genres Cross genre authors in one place </li> <li> 21. SO WHAT DO YOU NEED? Weed remove the deadfall Create or choose your categories Plan for change All at once? Parts at a time? </li> <li> 22. SO WHAT DO YOU NEED? Storage space Lots of labels Lots of label covers Lots of boxes A plan for keeping things organized </li> <li> 23. GETTING BUY IN Field trips to libraries Propose a pilot project Share success stories you hear Us, Anythink!, Maricopa County Arizona </li> <li> 24. BUT WEVE ALWAYS DONE IT THAT WAY! Yes. We have. But its time to try new things Teaching Dewey in schools? </li> <li> 25. QUESTIONS? Please ask! </li> <li> 26. THANK YOU! Jezmynne Dene, MLIS Portneuf District Library Chubbuck, Idaho 83202 </li> </ul>