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
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.
Daring to be deweyless
Daring to be Dewey-less<br />Deb Hoadley, Library Director<br />Langley-Adams Library<br />Groveland, MA<br />
Daring to make the leap<br />This book describes it all!<br />Why, what & how we did it!<br />Inspiration<br />Motivation<br />Perspiration<br />Justification<br />2<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
INSPIRATION<br />Patron desired space<br />Why do patrons prefer to browse/buy from bookstores?<br />Accessibility<br />Familiar subject headings<br />Comfortable areas<br />Attractive spaces<br />Browsing allowed<br />3<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
Where do you find the BISAC headings?<br />My Spine Label:<br />SPORTS<br />BASEBAL<br />Red Sox<br />5<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
Motivation<br />6<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
Final Layout<br />7<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
Volunteers helped to box up over 500 boxes<br />Coming up with our spine label standard<br />Re-labeling our non-fiction spine labels<br />Changing records<br />Where should we put the new categories?<br />Perspiration<br />8<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
Justification<br />Statistical data to support <br />Patrons love the new layout of the library<br />Patrons love the ability to look at the sections and find what they are looking for<br />Shelving is easier<br />No conflict with consortium/just a change in local call number<br />9<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
Flexibility & Adaptability<br />Watching patron traffic patterns to best arrange collections<br />Using merchandising techniques to best display collections<br />Signs, signs, signs…<br />10<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
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<br />Get Ingram to build a program for automatic spine label processing to include BISAC<br /> Do we dare do more?<br />11<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />
Information<br />Webinar by National Book Network http://pdfs.nbnbooks.com/BI/SAC/BISACWebinar.pdf<br />Book Industry Standard Group http://www.bisg.org/<br />Book publishers are putting categories on backs of books <br /> http://waltshiel.com/2009/09/14/to-bisac-or-not-to-bisac/<br />My information: email@example.com<br />SlideshareUrl: <br />12<br />NH READS Fall Program 2011<br />