Old news, but we're revisiting this topic currently in the online class I am teaching. The Maricopa County Library system is dumping the Dewey Decimal Classification system for more of a bookstore approach to organization, where there are fewer subject headings and resources are grouped together. Some valid questions are:
- Is the bookstore method of organization actually more browsable, more user-friendly than traditional library classification systems, like Dewey?
- Does this browsability come at the expense of findability? In other words, can a library user or employee find a book in the library's electronic catalog and walk directly to the book's exact location on the shelf?