Sunday, April 10, 2011

Genre Shelving ~ Confused about the debate

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I've read a lot about shelving fiction according to genres lately. I've read that it really increases circulation and makes it easier for students to find books. One question I have? Why am I seeing the "Dewey or Don't we" question? Libraries are still shelving the Non-fiction by Dewey. We've never shelved Fiction by Dewey anyway. We pull the fiction out of "literature" and place it in alphabetical order by the author. Now, if we want to further divide that section by genre, I suppose that makes sense. But why are we arguing over whether we're using Dewey or not? Just curious...