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Teens, Dewey, and Books

Teens, Dewey, and Books by Erin Berry Prepared for LIS 7608/Dr. Stauffer Spring 2011

Erin Berry

on 8 May 2011

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(non-commercial internal use permitted) a circle Dewey Decimal Classification Information Seeking Behavior Do you know what you don't know? People as sources BISAC vs. Dewey At the heart of the debate is how to educate yourself on the unknown.

What works best for organizing the information about which you know nothing?

What system will help you uncover the unknowns?

What system will allow for future information that has yet to be created? Browsing Confidence Get it done alphabetic vs. thematic commerce vs. public service distribute books to customers vs. organize knowledge shopping vs. research


revised to remove cultural bias

frequently updated With apologies to postmodernists,
we do live in a modern Western society. Teens, Dewey, and Books Is Dewey the best way to organize the high school library? What other options exist? How and why do teens seek information? They may not admit it, but teens need help finding information. They often lack sufficient background knowledge to make successful analytical searches. They will mask lack of skills with optimism.
This can interfere with rational judgment. Do we take the time to help students examine their thought process? -Be a caring approachable librarian who can teach teens
to succesfully manage uncertainty. Conclusions -DDC with some customization and vastly improved training
is the best way to organize books in the high school library. -Teens still need help knowing what they don't know. Image Source: Pentland, Courtney. "Leaving Dewey Behind: Nonfiction Reorganization." School Library Monthly 27, no. 1 (2010): 20-1.
custom to the school library collection
in plain English
physically attractive poor preparation for research in other libraries
fails to model hierarchical organization
may not allow for future expansion Pros of BISAC style system Cons of BISAC style system Image Source: http://www.alastore.ala.org/ Image Source:http://www.rightforu.com.au/slideslib/image1.jpg
excellent preparation for research in other libraries
good model of hierarchical organization
reflects generally accepted Western approach to knowledge Cons of DDC terminology may not correspond to user expectations
signage seems cluttered
numbers are intimidating Pros of DDC Image Source: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2465/4036877825_5460d26e1d_b_d.jpg, http://www.flickr.com/photos/herzogbr/4036877825/sizes/l/ Image Source:http://www.rightforu.com.au/slideslib/image1.jpg Does DDC feel foreign We must make DDC more familiar Image Source:http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2763/4474968603_feae504a5d.jpg http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B8DcsZVgvBu4YTUwZjFlZDUtY2EyMS00NDMwLWI0YjAtMmU2YTMzYjExOTll&hl=en&authkey=CPTpkqoJ Please view this presentation in full screen.

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Thank you. rigid Eurocentric outdated What do you think of this system? How would you maintain it? A Dewey-less Library Note the spine labels and shelf organization. The following images are from a library in Omaha, Nebraska. and more usable to our students. Browsing Confidence Do products undermine process? If structured assignments and deadlines
do not promote thinking,
they are just busy work. Get it Done People as Sources For every con there is a pro... Eurocentric or Western paradigm either/or thinking

analysis vs. synthesis

must choose one classification BISAC - Book Industry Standards and Communications. I am using this term to stand in for any type of bookstore style organization of a school library. Nebraska section. Words, no numbers. No decimals. Categories are used as shelf labels. Astronomy on the same level as Science? Subcategories are used as spine labels. to our students?
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