Pickerington Public Library is closing the book on Dewey and turning the page to a more user-friendly browsing system

Under this new system, the library’s nonfiction books are grouped by recognizable subject headings, which allows the collection to suit the 21st-century library user. The Library will continue to use the Dewey Decimal system but will add this new subject-based form of shelving identification as the primary organizational setup for materials. The library is moving away from the 144-year-old classification system because it wasn’t designed for a 21st century circulating public library. “We are reorganizing our collection to the way a majority of our community members think; making the library more customer-friendly,” said Tony Howard, Library Director. “Our shelves will be more browsable, our library more user-friendly and will draw more people in who will take out more books and other materials.” But if you do come in looking for a particular book, you’ll still be able to find it in our computer catalog. You’ll look up the book and it will tell you under what subject category it’s shelved. And of course, our staff is still here, ready to help you find that new book by your favorite author, or recommend books by a new-to-you author.” Over the next 8 months, all areas of the library’s collection will be converted to the new organizational setup. In addition to the changes in nonfiction, staff will be adding horror and thriller categories to our fiction genre collections. The children’s collection will be reorganized into subjects easily recognizable by 21st-century library users. The first area in the Library being reorganized is Youth Services with a completion timeline of Christmas. To keep up to date on library communications, subscribe to the library’s social media channels, opt-in to the e-newsletter and download the mobile app. Contact Colleen Bauman, Community Engagement Manager for questions.

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Pickerington Public Library is closing the book on Dewey and turning the page to a more user-friendly browsing system

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