Word Think Book Classification System
Posted by repplinger
Businesswire.com posted an article about a library who switched their Dewey classification system to a different system altogether. The reason for the switch is because the new system, known as “Word Think,” is more user-friendly. It is a system devised by the book industry.
It is true that most of the book classification systems are not intuitive to use. How many patrons know where to look for books related to music? They would first need to know that the music section in Dewey is in the 780 call number range. The music section in the Library of Congress is located in the “M” section. The letter classification system in the Library of Congress does not correspond to the subject, such as “L” for education, “”P” for political science, and “R” for medicine.
It will be interesting to see how this system plays out with the other 6 branches and bookmobile within its system and outside of the district, especially since it is the “first district in North America to use a word-based system in all of its libraries.” It should not be an issue with library catalogs because it will tell you the location of the item. The main problem I anticipate is finding the physical book within the library building itself, but this may not be a problem with smaller collections.