Library in Arizona Drops Dewey

The Arizona Republic newspaper published about the decision of a small public library to continue without the 100 years old Dewey system. Next month when the new Gilbert library opens customers will find books by subject, similar to how big bookstores arrange their collections.

"A lot of times, patrons feel like they're going to a library and admitting defeat because they don't understand Dewey Decimal and can't find the book they're looking for," said Marshall Shore, adult service coordinator for the Maricopa County Library District and driving force behind the idea.

Before basing his decision on the success of corporate bookstores I think the coordinator for the Maricopa County Library District needs to read the quarterly financial statements of Barnes & Noble and Borders. Both of them are loosing money and this trend will probably continue till format and delivery of services changes.

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