Some Dewey, Some Don’t

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Both the Gail Borden Public Library District and the Frankfort Public Library District wanted to make their collections more user-friendly and accessible. Gail Borden chose a de-emphasized Dewey system and browsing categories for their new branch, while Frankfort opted to go Dewey Free. Learn how the new systems were developed, executed, and managed.

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Some Dewey, Some Don’t

  1. 1. Some Dewey, Some Don’t<br />Illinois Library Association Annual Conference<br />October 8, 2009<br />Peoria Civic Center<br />
  2. 2. Moderator: Patricia K. Noonan<br />Speakers: <br />Gail Borden Public Library District<br />Karen Maki, Deputy Director <br />William Blohm <br />Carol Skelton <br />Margaret Peebles <br />Handouts at http://www.ila.org/events/conference.htm<br />Frankfort Public Library<br />Melissa Rice<br />Presentation at http://deweyfree.com<br />
  3. 3. Patricia K. Noonan<br />Director of Technical Services<br />Gail Borden Public Library District<br />
  4. 4. Karen Maki<br />Deputy Director<br />Gail Borden Public Library District<br />Some of the pictures used during Ms. Maki’s talk are courtesy of Engberg Anderson, Inc., the architect of the Rakow Branch.<br />
  5. 5. Gail Borden Public Library<br />Elgin, Illinois<br />
  6. 6. Richmond Public Library<br />Richmond, British Columbia, Canada<br />www.yourlibrary.ca<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Cate McNeely<br />Deputy Chief Librarian<br />
  7. 7. Ballard Branch Library<br />Seattle, Washington<br />
  8. 8. Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library<br />Why Do We Dewey webpage<br />www.tscpl.org/dewey<br />
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  15. 15. William R. Blohm<br />Reference Librarian & Collection Development Manager<br />Gail Borden Public Library District<br />
  16. 16. <ul><li>Population estimate for 2010: 70,604
  17. 17. Median household income in 2005: $84,657, compared with approximately $58,497 in the entire library district
  18. 18. Median age: 32.8 years, compared with 31.7 years in the entire district
  19. 19. Median home value: $209,102, compared with $217,478 in the entire district
  20. 20. Five elementary schools
  21. 21. Del Webb Edgewater, a gated, over-55 community of more than 1,000 homes just across the road.</li></ul>Demographic SummaryWithin a 3-mile radius of branch<br />
  22. 22. NONFICTION RELATIVE USE<br />
  23. 23. Initial Subject Bay Proposal, November 2006<br />Six subject bays:<br />Cookbooks (641)<br />Self-Help (158 self-help, 650.1 personal success in business, 646 personal life, grooming, dating)<br />Health, Diet & Exercise (613 personal health, diet & exercise, 616 diseases, possibly 618.92 pediatrics)<br />Money (332 personal finance & investment, possibly 333 real estate ownership & management)<br />
  24. 24. Initial Subject Bay Proposal, November 2006<br />Home & Garden (635 gardening, 636 pets, 643.3-643.7 remodeling, 648 house cleaning, 710 garden design & landscaping, 747 interior decorating; cookbooks could be included here, although the number of them warrants their own collection)<br />Relationships (306 marriage & family relationships, 646.77 dating could also go here)<br />
  25. 25. 28 nonfiction categories<br /> For example: Food and Fitness, Pets, Arts and Crafts, Do-It-Yourself, That’s Entertainment!, etc.<br />10 fiction categories<br /> For Example: Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Inspirational, etc.<br />Final Adult Subject Bay Categories<br />
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  29. 29. Carol Skelton<br />Youth Services Collection Manager<br />Gail Borden Public Library District<br />
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  58. 58. Margaret Peebles<br />Director of Branch ServicesGail Borden Public Library District<br />Rakow Branch<br />
  59. 59. Customer Response…<br />
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  61. 61. A Browser-Friendly Collection<br />
  62. 62. People like to find their favorite genre.<br />
  63. 63. And easily locate their interests.<br />
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  70. 70. SUCCESS!<br />
  71. 71. Melissa Rice<br />Head of Adult Services<br />Frankfort Public Library District<br />
  72. 72. Questions?<br />Gail Borden Public Library District<br />Karen Maki, Deputy Director <br />William Blohm <br />Carol Skelton <br />Margaret Peebles <br />Handouts at http://www.ila.org/events/conference.htm<br />Frankfort Public Library<br />Melissa Rice<br />Presentation at http://deweyfree.com<br />
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