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of many ways of classifying information. It's the most popular one in use at libraries. It goes from 000 to 999, with different areas of information being represented. It then branches down to 000.1, and 000.12 to represent more specific subjects. One of the problems of this system is that if a subject is too specific in a popular information area it can end up being represented 362.1098568722, which is obviously not good or useful for the information user. Yet all the systems have imperfections
Can i stop yet?
there is no such thing!
001.1 I meant! Silly me!
so the three digit number is the main subject, the first decimal place is a sub subject and the next decimal place is a sub subject of the sub subject?
call them subjects - I'd go with 'information areas.'
Yeah - so 800 is Literature
810 is American Literature
811 is American poetry etc
So it's not just decimal points. They are also treated in terms of years, so American poetry in the 20th century may have a code added at the end, though I don't remember it off by heart.
Most boring thread ever?
is the alphabet involved at all?
it is his system right?
they are divided up into 10 main classifications of human knowledge, and subdivided from there. The only time the alphabet is used is after the Dewey Call Number. I.e. the AME for the subject in this book http://www.voyager.herts.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?v1=9&ti=1,9&Search%5FArg=%2Bamerican%20%2Bliterature&SL=None&Search%5FCode=TKEY%5E&CNT=25&PID=oLOD]XOIsLOHu@ODo@nIm@NHrL?%3C&SEQ=20070824122635&SID=2
They are then placed on the shelves in order of number - if it's the same number then those end three letters in alphabetical order.
hopefully I understand enough to convince the interviewer this afternoon, my first interview in 4 years I forgot about the sense of dread.
isn't it? Will you have to do a shelving test?
I wish you the best of luck though and hope to have you join the DiS library fraternity
I don't know what a shelving test is, I don't really know what the job involves at all the advert just said part time libary assistant and when I asked for the job profile they said they wasn't one
It's worth talking about reader development also...
I wouldn't worry too much about the dewey thing...
worrying a little but only in terms of where books are shelved. Do they definitely have the Dewey system?
A shelving test is just checking you know where the books go back
you mean there are others? now im worried.
if it is a public library they tend just to classify them like a book shop
i.e. fiction, biography, etc
yeah it is a public library and thinking about the different floors are different sections so that would make sense. Does this lead us back to the alphabet then? Oh well the dewey decimal education will come in useful when I go back to uni so its not all lost.
that reader development stuff looks scarey, looks like it involves talking to people and stuff, I thought it was all about cardigans and frowns, I fear my preconceptions were completly wrong.
wear a cardigan if I had one
could be categorised as being about one of 999 broad subjects....