Crystal, I attended a NELA workshop a few years ago where a librarian at Cumberland Public Library in RI presented on how they totally ditched Dewey and re-organized their collection to be more browsable https://cumberlandlibrary.org/browse-method like a bookstore. Their PPT has a slide with the general BISAC categories they adopted.
At the Public Library of Brookline, MA, they are also working on re-organizing their adult non-fiction. They promised to send me an outline. I'll pass it on when I receive it.
Interesting blog post, reasons to genrefy your collection https://www.librarygirl.net/post/genrefying-your-collection-without-changing-call-numbers .
In school libraries, many have been genrefying their collections to make them more browsable for their students https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=ditching-dewey-libraries-These-Ideas-Can-Get-You-Started-on-Genrefication such as putting ALL the sports books together, whether they are poetry, biography, sports nonfiction, or sports fiction. I'm sure someone at MASL https://www.maslibraries.org/ could connect you with a Maine school librarian who has genrefied their collection.
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I found the podcast on bias and the Dewey system really interesting. In an effort to make changes in my own library, can you please share any new classifications that you are making in your collections.
If you reply off list, I can organize the responses and share with the larger group.
Thank you so much
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