This week’s question posed by Wendi:
Prior to today, were you aware of Open Shelves Classification? Have you helped to classify any books yet? Is this something you are interested in? Did you know that if you classify any books, it will also show you who else has classified the book?
I read something on the LT blog about the Open Shelves Classification a while ago and took a look at the discussion group, but I didn’t really follow it up.
The Dewey Decimal System has its problems, particularly with some numbers being heavily used and some pretty much redundant and with issues of rights to use and display the details, but I’m used to it.
When I look up a book in the library I don’t think about what its number means, I just go and look for where that number lives.
But there’s no harm in looking to see if there’s something better so I’ve had a go at categorising a few of my books.
The new system doesn’t seem to solve some of the issues I have at the moment. For example, does the biography of a historical figure go in biography or history? I still don’t know!
But if libraries could display a full explanation of book classification, which they can’t with Dewey, wouldn’t that be a very good thing?