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  • Dewey UnpluggedBeyond the Dewey Decimal Classification System

  • Who was Melvil Dewey?

    Pioneer of American librarianship Created the decimal classification system in 1876

  • Who was Melvil Dewey?

    Pioneer of American librarianship Created the decimal classification system in 1876 -This was the time of the Industrial Revolution. There were many things invented then that we still use today BUT there are many others that have outlived there usefulness:the rotary washing machinethe automatic player pianothe tin can with a key openerthe Pullman sleeping car for train travel

  • The Dewey System10 broad topics which are then divided into 10 sub-topics, yielding 1000 topics that can be referred to by an integer numberEach of these can be indefinitely subdivided using decimals

  • The Broad TopicsWe thinkabout ourselves: 100s - Psychology and PhilosophyWe wonder about the creator: 200s Religion and MythologyPeople learn to get along together: 300s - Social SciencesWe communicate with each other: 400s - Languages

  • More Broad TopicsWe learn about nature and the world aroundus: 500s - Natural Science.How we can make nature useful? 600s Applied ScienceHow we can use our spare time? 700s Fine Arts and Recreation ~ 800s LiteratureWe wonder about the world and our place in it. 900s - Geography and History

  • The Leftovers Everything else: Encyclopedias, books about libraries, museums, journalism, computers, and controversial or unexplained topics 000s - General Works

  • Dewey Still Has Its PlaceWe don't think Dewey is wrongWe are just offering an alternative that we think users will understand betterThe choice is completely up to you

  • General Problems with DeweyLong strings of numbers to uniquely identify No one but a cataloguer can understand the system after the decimal pointHard to slot in new inventions, thoughts and ideasMany overlapsReligion, language, customs, and history are the primary reasons prompting adaptationsDewey places biographies by the subjectDewey places fiction in the 800s divided by country then date

  • General Problems with DeweyNew topics cause a required shift in the entire collection, it causes TLs to struggle to find shelving often in the middle of the collection and their is simply no roomWith Dewey popular topics like Gardening can be scattered 580 Botany635 Gardening712.6 Landscaping

  • Problems For Our UsersOur users often cannot understand the numbers past the decimalLimited access to a teacher-librarianLimited use of the non-fiction collection Limited access to the online catalogue

  • More problemsOur patrons are most often looking for books on a topic rather than a specific bookCannot find the topics they are looking for

  • Our SolutionUsing a less confusing classification systemUnplugging Dewey Using a system with words that our patrons understand

    Bigger and better signage

  • A Note on Signage

  • A note on Signage

  • Our SolutionUsing a less confusing classification systemUnplugging Dewey Using a system with words that our patrons understand

    Bigger and better signageCreating categories and sub-categories that children can understand

  • Enter sur~F !

  • sur~F

    seeusereshelve~FAST

  • Main CategoriesActivitiesAnimalsThe ArtsBiographyCanada HealthHome and FamilyIndustriesLanguagesLiteratureLiving and Working

    Look it Up Math Mind and SoulNaturePeople of the PastScience Social IssuesSportsThings that GoThe UnexplainedThe World

  • Look it upAlphabetAlmanacsDictionariesGeneral 1English 2French 3Beginners 4Thesaurus 5Illustrated 6Science 7EncyclopediaFactsIdiomsLanguage ArtsGeneral 1Composition 2Reading 3MapsQuestion and AnswerGeneral 1Guinness world book 2Sports 3Animals 4Earth 5Science 6History 7

  • The Process

  • After the sortingAfter assigning new categoriesAfter the attaching new labelsTime to start putting it all backOriginal signs

  • Building the sections back up

  • Hanging the signs(dont do it)

  • Fine-tuning the sub-classes

  • What sur~F Can Fix for Yousur~F will fix your Biography problemsur~F will put all your Social Studies together (eg Medieval Times)sur~F will attract readers with eye catching words they understand (e.g .,The Unexplained)sur~F will make shelving the books so easy even a 3rd grader can do itsur~F will improve the circulation statistics of your nonfiction sectionsur~F will have your users asking for more nonfiction books and you will be buying nonfiction books rather then spending all your money on graphic novelsYour books on soil may not fly off the shelves but at least they are together now

  • Worried your users will never learn Dewey?

    The average library user has the possibility of learning 4 classification systems in their lifetime:OCLC (Dewey), LC (Library of Congress), BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communication)OSC (Open Shelves Classification System)We think the concept of a classification system is what is important and sur~F embodies all of the elements of a classification system

  • Wanna sur~F ??

  • RequirementsWe are making a list for SeptemberWill be doing a few schools in the summerThere is a cost of $350.00 for materialsPresentation to principal and staff Estimated time is 1-2 weeks for a 5000 nonfiction book collectionThe Dewey number will be changed in your catalogue to reflect where the book is on your shelf

    1857 Pullman Sleeping Car for train travel. 1858 Hamilton Smith patents the rotary washing machine 1866 J. Osterhoudt patents the tin can with a key opener. Edward Leveaux patents the automatic player piano. 1857 Pullman Sleeping Car for train travel. 1858 Hamilton Smith patents the rotary washing machine 1866 J. Osterhoudt patents the tin can with a key opener. Edward Leveaux patents the automatic player piano.