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ERIC Number: EJ754231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Dewey or Dalton? An Investigation of the Lure of the Bookstore
Brisco, Shonda
Library Media Connection, v22 n4 p36-37 Jan 2004
Sensing that their libraries are in competition with local bookstores that offer leisurely atmospheres, warm aromatic drinks, and prominently displayed books and other materials by genre, many librarians have considered "shelving" the Dewey decimal system in order to rearrange their libraries in a similar fashion. The author of this article, a Middle School/Upper School Librarian at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas, carried out her own experiment to discover whether or not the local bookstore's method of grouping books did, in fact, make it easier for one to find a specific title. She found that, although the bookstore's online system does provide users with the information (subject headings) needed to locate a book, customers still have to know where titles that fall under those subject headings are located in that particular store. She concluded that it was no easier to find a specific book in the local bookstore than in a library; the atmosphere may be different, but the result for the customer or patron was the same. She states her opinion that, with effective patron instruction, libraries are systematically superior in that they are arranged to allow patrons to locate information effectively and to utilize that information from one library to the next.
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Language: English
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