[Library Media] Library girl - this guy's perspective

Emily Davenport_fms edavenport at alpinedistrict.org
Thu Dec 19 23:02:31 MST 2013


There is so much crossover these days I can't imagine trying to shelve
fiction by genre.


On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM, Heather Tomlinson <
htomlinson at mountainvilleacademy.org> wrote:

> I agree - Dewey is much too useful to abandon...
>
> However - I'm with James Wilson (previous message thread) who asked if any
> of you have decided to organize fiction by genre.  How did it go?  Are you
> glad you did it?  Any pointers for anyone else considering it?
>
> I'm in a K-9 school, and have divided the library into two sections.  One
> for everyone (K-9, but focused on K-2) and one for 3-9 only.  I think genre
> shelving could be VERY useful for the older fiction section.  BUT, then I
> think about logistics: multi genre books?  labeling books (in the catalog
> and on the spine)?  library volunteers who already struggle with two
> fiction sections (even adults...)?
>
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Joseph Nielsen <
> Joseph.Nielsen at slcschools.org> wrote:
>
>>  It is entirely possible that the posting of this article came at a bad
>> time for people to respond. I know I am having brain overload and working
>> on mega doses of caffeine right now. (Ever tried putting a chunk of baking
>> cocoa on your mouth and using Jolt Cola to slowly melt it? That will make
>> you wired higher than Calvin & Hobbes.) So don’t get too bent out of shape
>> when the replies slowly trickle in.
>>
>>
>>
>> And I agree with Marianne Bates, if your Principal doesn’t have a clue
>> about what you do, you have no one to blame but yourself (unless your
>> administrator is just totally clueless).
>>
>>
>>
>> But I’m not so sure that I see huge value in abandoning Dewey. Having
>> worked in one of Utah’s largest independent retail bookstores for 8 years
>> before becoming a librarian, I can tell you that genres are very arbitrary,
>> can be very difficult to assign, and sometimes so large as to be
>> overwhelming. Take, for instance, one of my favorite books to read to 5thgraders who are studying American History, “Mountain Man, the story of Hugh
>> Glass.” It is written as fiction, but his experience and all the principle
>> events described in the book are firmly established as historical facts.
>> It’s the details that were created to tell the story. So do you classify it
>> as Historical, Biographical, or Western? Do you use Explorers, Mountain
>> Men, or US  History? And since it does tell the story of an historical
>> event – do you perhaps even put it in Non-fiction, as I have seen some
>> catalogs do? Any one of those classifications could be overwhelming in size.
>>
>>
>>
>> The whole idea of Dewey is to be genre oriented, Mammals have their
>> place, Weather has its place, Fairy tales, and Myths are separated between
>> the 200’s and the 300’s. If you are worried about whether a book is in the
>> right place you can decide for yourself how you want to align the
>> classification of Dewey to fit your library and your readers. There is no
>> governing body that is going to come to your library and condemn, or down
>> grade it just because you chose to put the book about the movie Dinosaur
>> under 781 instead of 567 where the CIP put it. Make your own choices and
>> decide these things for yourself.
>>
>>
>>
>> And all this comes with the added bonus of helping students learn to use
>> decimals.
>>
>>
>>
>> Joseph R. Nielsen
>>
>> Library Technology Teacher
>>
>> Hawthorne Elementary
>>
>> Salt Lake City School District
>>
>>
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>
> *Heather Tomlinson*
> Librarian
> Mountainville Academy
> Alpine, Utah
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Emily Davenport
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