15 July 2007

Dewey or Don't We?

Apparently a new trend started in Arizona last month -- in a little library in what was once the little town of Gilbert.

It is there where they have their books organized in a more casual system based on retail book stores, having done away with the classic Dewey Decimal system invented in 1876 by Melvil Dewey (pictured).

Hmmm. I have been hesitant to write about this because I do not really know what I think about it.

On the one hand, organizing it like a book store might be good -- especially if it helps encourage people to read; on the other hand, in book stores it is notoriously difficult to find a specific book without reading through every title, or following long stretches of shelving looking for a book based on the author's last name (sometimes alphabetized, sometimes not). So, if you come to browse without any specific book in mind it might work; if you are looking for something specific, maybe not.

So, here it is, without any opinion from me:

An article about the library is

The library's website is

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