May 17, 2022

So Long Dewey: Next Week the Gwinnett County Public Library in Georgia is Closing For a Three-Day Bookshelf Reclassification Project

From the Gwinnett Daily Post:

All branches of the Gwinnett County Public Libraries will close their doors for a three-day bookshelf reclassification project from Monday through Wednesday. The libraries are straying from the traditional Dewey Decimal System and organizing books alphabetically by topic.

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From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“We looked at our collection and decided instead of organizing everything by numbers, which has been done for over 100 years, we have decided to organize everything by words,” Michael Casey, the library’s director of customer experience, said in a news release.

To further clarify: Instead of memorizing numbers (398.2 for fairytales, for instance), bookhounds will be able to peruse categories like “animals” and “cooking.”

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