Libraries, bookstores, and organization

A new library opened in Gilbert, Arizona in 2007. Being a new library, they decided to try something new. Instead of organizing it according to the Dewey Decimal Classification, as 95% of American public libraries do, they decided to organize it like a bookstore. After all, their thinking went, people find those numbers a little cryptic, but everyone understands “gardening,” or “technology,” or “computers.” I haven’t heard how it worked out, but I think they exchanged something that works well for something that doesn’t. If I go to a bookstore just looking for a general topic, I can find something. … Continue reading