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  • It all started with Jeremy Reeder from Maricopa, AZ and his presentation at MLA on how his libraries were going Dewey-less. Right from the start, I loved the idea. Timing is everything – we were going to replace a rug which turned into a renovation; we embarked on a strategic plan; and I had the buy-in from staff, Trustees and patrons.
  • I really wanted to find out the biggest complaints from patrons in finding items they were looking for – they told me they didn’t understand the “number system” and “how come everything wasn’t together in a subject.” Weddings is a perfect example – there are so many Dewey categories and patrons can’t find what it all together
  • I use Ingram and this is what they have for categories. I would choose to put SPORTS, BASEBAL, Red Sox
  • Our process…
  • Since everyone wants fiction, mysteries an biographies, we make people walk through non-fiction to get there.
  • We learned a lot in this process: staff learned to weed and how to improve collection development decisions; volunteers learned what we do, and were part of that process from moving books, typing labels, moving collections, and shelving; it took much longer than we wanted, but had patron reassuring us that they love it; we aren’t finished yet!
  • Statistics only show part of the picture.
  • We have learned a lot about how patrons browse, and what gets their attention. We are never thinking that we are done moving books and locations of materials. Patrons and staff are part of the process when we want to make a change.
  • We have already put the YA non-fiction in with the adult books. We designate them with a YA label for easy identification.

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  • Daring to be Dewey-less
    Deb Hoadley, Library Director
    Langley-Adams Library
    Groveland, MA
  •  Daring to make the leap
    This book describes it all!
    Why, what & how we did it!
    Inspiration
    Motivation
    Perspiration
    Justification
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  • INSPIRATION
    Patron desired space
    Why do patrons prefer to browse/buy from bookstores?
    Accessibility
    Familiar subject headings
    Comfortable areas
    Attractive spaces
    Browsing allowed
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  • BISAC Categories
    ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
    ARCHITECTURE
    ART
    BIBLES
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
    COMPUTERS
    COOKING
    CRAFTS & HOBBIES
    DESIGN*
    DRAMA
    EDUCATION
    FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
    FICTION
    FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY
    GAMES
    GARDENING
    HEALTH & FITNESS
    HISTORY
    HOUSE & HOME
    HUMOR
    JUVENILE FICTION
    JUVENILENONFICTION
    LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
    LAW
    LITERARY COLLECTIONS
    LITERARY CRITICISM
    MATHEMATICS
    MEDICAL
    MUSIC
    NATURE
    PERFORMING ARTS
    PETS
    PHILOSOPHY
    PHOTOGRAPHY
    POETRY
    POLITICAL SCIENCE
    PSYCHOLOGY
    REFERENCE
    RELIGION
    SCIENCE
    SELF-HELP
    SOCIAL SCIENCE
    SPORTS & RECREATION
    STUDY AIDS
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
    TRANSPORTATION
    TRAVEL
    TRUE CRIME
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  • Where do you find the BISAC headings?
    My Spine Label:
    SPORTS
    BASEBAL
    Red Sox
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  • Motivation
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  • Final Layout
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  • Volunteers helped to box up over 500 boxes
    Coming up with our spine label standard
    Re-labeling our non-fiction spine labels
    Changing records
    Where should we put the new categories?
    Perspiration
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  • Justification
    Statistical data to support
    Patrons love the new layout of the library
    Patrons love the ability to look at the sections and find what they are looking for
    Shelving is easier
    No conflict with consortium/just a change in local call number
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  • Flexibility & Adaptability
    Watching patron traffic patterns to best arrange collections
    Using merchandising techniques to best display collections
    Signs, signs, signs…
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  • The Children’s Room is next! We have many parents and children asking us if we are going to put things together like the adult books
    Get Ingram to build a program for automatic spine label processing to include BISAC
     Do we dare do more?
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  • Information
    Webinar by National Book Network http://pdfs.nbnbooks.com/BI/SAC/BISACWebinar.pdf
    Book Industry Standard Group http://www.bisg.org/
    Book publishers are putting categories on backs of books
    http://waltshiel.com/2009/09/14/to-bisac-or-not-to-bisac/
    My information: debhoadley@gmail.com
    SlideshareUrl:
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