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by Michael Casey & Michael Stephens
Library Journal – 15 July 2009

We think it’s good news that the Rangeview Library District, CO, is experimenting in one of its branches with an alternative to Dewey.

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by Anne Hall
inCite – 1 April 2008

The article focuses on the cooperative collection development in New South Wales. It states that the Western Sydney Cooperating Libraries (WESCOL) is a partnership and a joint initiative of these five public libraries which consists of a collection of three community languages including Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese. Moreover, all challenges have been overcome by WESCOL project’s success.

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by Sarah Hopkins
APLIS – 1 March 2007

The main areas of interest to borrowers in a suburban public library service centre on the domestic and the personal: their health, their homes, their holidays, their money and their leisure. While Dewey is a satisfactory method of linking a catalogue record to an item on the shelf, it does not facilitate browsing in the areas of most interest to public library users. In 2005 Bayside Library service did not use Dewey in the traditional sense to determine shelf order in its redeveloped Beaumaris branch. The result was six new nonfiction collections which combine Dewey sequences within subject areas that are meaningful to a contemporary Australian audience. The success and user acceptance of the reorganisation has resulted in Bayside deciding, in principle, to implement the same at its other branches. Edited version of a paper presented at the Alia 2006 Perth biennial conference.

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by Richard Maker
Australian Library Journal, – 1 May 2008

This article argues that the classification of adult fiction according to ‘genre’ in public libraries causes more confusion than clarification. Whilst the system purports to model itself on bookstore design the reality is that the actual arrangement is quite different. In the bookstore model, genre is a marketing category and not a literary category as it is currently used in many Western Australian public libraries. The use of a genre system also alienates many readers, with good reason, as the nature of the system is ambiguous. The adoption of a ‘reader-centred’ method for adult fiction classification would mean that the library collection was more accessible because the underlying principles are easier to understand.

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by Rafal Kasprowski
Bulletin – October/November 2008

The processes of managing and accessing electronic resources involve a number of participants – libraries, subscription agents, content providers, hosting services – and tend to be complex, time-intensive and susceptible to human error.

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By Barbara Bibel
Library Journal – 1 February 2009

Job losses have steered a health insurance-less public into libraries seeking medical information. These top 24 consumer health titles run the gamut from autism, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes to healthy cooking and insomnia.

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