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  Words vs. numbers: Word-based organization has become a much talked about trend in public libraries. Using words instead of the Dewey Decimal Classification System provides customers the ability to browse and find exactly what they want without having to interpret numerical codes. This invigorating panel will focus on the process of implementing word-based systems and why libraries are deciding to break down barriers so they can make searching more intuitive for customers.
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  • 1. Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 2. <ul><li>Lynda Freas </li></ul><ul><li>Family Library Services Director, Anythink Libraries, CO </li></ul><ul><li>Molly Moyer </li></ul><ul><li>Retired Bookseller and Librarian, The Tattered Cover, Denver, CO </li></ul><ul><li>Marshall Shore </li></ul><ul><li>Information Curator, Phoenix, AZ </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Fewell </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Development Manager, Anythink Libraries, CO </li></ul>
  • 3. Molly Moyer Retired Bookseller and Librarian Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
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  • 11. Marshall Shore, Information Curator TM Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 12. Background <ul><li>“ Give ’em what they want” </li></ul><ul><li>Customer and Potential Customers </li></ul>Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 13. Elements – Third Place <ul><li>Distinct from home or work </li></ul><ul><li>Liberating “free” space </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages people to stay – and to return </li></ul><ul><li>Playful </li></ul>Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
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  • 16. Elements <ul><li>Shelving </li></ul><ul><li>Display </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Signage </li></ul><ul><li>Collection </li></ul>Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
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  • 22. Discussion Continues <ul><li>Library Journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LibraryJournal.com/article/CA6698264.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corporate Curmudgeon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dauten.com/e-luminations/2010-01.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changinghands.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PLA 2010 </li></ul>Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 23. Marshall Shore, Information Curator TM [email_address] www.marshallshore.com Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 24. Lynda Freas Family Services Director Rachel Fewell Collection Development Manager Anythink Libraries Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 25. WordThink Grid Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey BISAC SPINE LABEL #1 BISAC 2 SPINE LABEL #2 Relationships RELATION       RELATION Abuse ABUSE   RELATION Dating DATING   RELATION Divorce DIVORCE   RELATION Family FAMILY   RELATION Marriage MARRIAGE   RELATION Sex SEX   RELATION Weddings WEDDINGS
  • 26. Working with Vendors <ul><li>Communication and Timeline for the project </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for collecting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Branch closures timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing to order Dewey while ordering WordThink </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Translation grid – BISAC to WordThink </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Yearly updates and </li></ul><ul><li>retro-fitting </li></ul>Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 27. MARC Display Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 28. WordThink Translation Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey FAM000000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / General RELATION   FAM001000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / General RELATION ABUSE FAM001010 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Child Abuse RELATION ABUSE FAM001030 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Domestic Partner Abuse RELATION ABUSE FAM004000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering RELATION FAMILY FAM006000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Alternative Family RELATION FAMILY FAM015000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Divorce & Separation RELATION DIVORCE FAM017000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Eldercare RELATION FAMILY FAM029000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Love & Romance RELATION DATING FAM041000 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Siblings RELATION FAMILY HEA042000 HEALTH & FITNESS / Sexuality RELATION SEX PSY016000 PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality RELATION SEX REF024000 REFERENCE / Weddings RELATION WEDDINGS SEL001000 SELF-HELP / Abuse RELATION ABUSE SEL034000 SELF-HELP / Sexual Instruction RELATION SEX
  • 29. Planning <ul><li>Spine Label examples : </li></ul>DVD HOME DIY BIOGRAPH FAMOUS TRUMP HISTORY MILITARY WW2 MEDICAL HRT DIS COOKING INTNTL J PLACES US TEEN RELATION TEEN GRAPHIC SPIDER-M Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 30. Converting the Catalog <ul><li>Split up collection – 4 staff members change item records for Dewey ranges </li></ul><ul><li>Example: 636.7 = PETS DOGS </li></ul><ul><li>– go through item by item </li></ul><ul><li>Every NF collection converted </li></ul><ul><li>LP, Books on CD, J & E, Teen </li></ul><ul><li>Change catalog display </li></ul>Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
  • 31. Converting the Branch <ul><li>Group “like” materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map out new locations of materials using collection statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Close the branch – fastest, easiest, cleanest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35,000 item collection = 1 week closure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 FTE complete the project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New signs, maps of location </li></ul><ul><li>Orienting all staff </li></ul>Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey
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