Ditched Dewey? I Have an Oddly Specific Question for You
We are in the process of generifying our K-3 school library. We’re beginning with nonfiction. If you’re going to ditch Dewey, start with Dewey, am I right? We’re working with the Follett categories (not a plug, just what we’re doing).
Now to the point of this post. If you’ve ditched Dewey, I have a very specific question for you: did you arrange the new categories into alphabetical order on the shelf (All About Me books next to Animal books next to Around the World books next to Arts books, etc.)? Or did you mostly keep things where they were with Dewey (so for example, Dinosaur books stay where they are, they don’t get moved to put them all between the Cooking & Food and DIY sections)?
To alphabetize the categories or not to alphabetize the categories, that is my oddly specific question for you.
Comment if you have any hot tips!
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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