Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

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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.


Recently I visited a new public library that represents another new way of thinking. Anythink Wright Farms is a part of the Rangeview Library District in suburban Denver. I first noticed the colorful flags in the parking lot that suggesting food, places, adventures, and more things to think about. Next I saw the drive-up book return with a service window. These signaled a new concept before I even entered the building and saw the self-serve pick up for holds, multiple self-check out stations and “service points ” for information guides. Materials on the most popular topics were front and center. Going further in the room I saw materials organized with the system’s WordThink Classification system—no Dewey numbers, but instead words and phrasing similar to those used in the bookstores. I visited the 7000 sq foot Children’s Experience Area, a huge teen section, a computer lab for classes and quiet work, classrooms, picnic area, a relaxation area and meeting rooms. This new public library was busy with patrons and families on a beautiful fall day. It is clearly patron friendly and welcoming. Would you like to work there? Job applicants for many positions need not have a library degree; bookstore experience is helpful if you would like to be a concierge, materials dispatcher, wrangler or sidekick. Wow! There is so much to think about.

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