Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

Still Thinking about Anythink

Posted on: January 9, 2011

A while back I wrote about Anythink Wright Farms, part of the Rangeview Library System in Colorado. Rangeview libraries use the Anythink Classification system and to organize and classify collections with the BISAC system.

“The BISAC Subject Headings List, also known as the BISAC Subject Codes List, is a standard used by many companies throughout the supply chain to categorize books based on topical content.”

Organizing materials bookstore style has spurred interesting discussions. Jobbers and vendors are getting requests for information about this cataloging option. One Midwestern acquisitions service is working with a school district to develop the option for the district.

What would you do? For me, it would be an easy decision if you are opening a new school, new media center or completely (or almost completely) redoing a collection.  It makes sense for patrons and meets the needs of those continually asking “do you got any good mysteries?’ “Where are the horse stories?” Reorganizing an existing collection would be a huge task, but doable in small chunks and worth it in the end. Tackling the reorganization district wide presents greater challenges.

No need to worry about students not learning the Dewey system.  Attractive, appealing displays, signs and series shelving go a long ways in attracting readers if all ages.

It’s a topic to watch as we see more change and more traditions ebb away.

P.S.  Anythink Wright Farms received a 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service for innovation and service.  The award was presented at a White House Ceremony in December.


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