• Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

    I Am Not a Librarian: The Conclusion

    3 September, 2012 • 2 Comments

    Although this little project will probably never reach a completely finished state, I’m aiming to wrap up talking about it in this post – at least for now. After a bit of back and forth, I decided to keep a category for General Works, and forego Applied Sciences, based on an educated guess as...

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    I Am Not a Librarian: But I Try

    30 August, 2012 • 6 Comments

    OK, so let’s look at top-level categories. You’ll remember the MDS from last time, but let me line it up with some other systems as well, just to get an idea of the variation. Melvil Decimal System Universal Decimal Classification Library of Congress Classification Bliss bibliographic classification General Works and Information Sciences Philosophy and...

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    I Am Not a Librarian: Classification Redux

    27 August, 2012 • 0 Comments

    About six months ago, I complained about my dissatisfaction with the Dewey Decimal System as an organisational tool. I bitched and moaned about its nonsensical hierarchy, and generally expressed a desire for something that made a bit more sense for organising my shelves. While I’ve managed to keep quiet about it since, the dissatisfaction...

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    Gateway Drugs

    31 May, 2012 • 1 Comment

    A couple of days ago, I suddenly rediscovered one of LibraryThing’s beta features, which I had looked at when it first debuted and then not thought about again until now: lists. In particular, the one that caught my eye was a list of fantasy gateway books. The idea of the lists feature is that...

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    I Am Not a Librarian: Damn It, Dewey!

    9 February, 2012 • 7 Comments

    As you might have noticed, I am a big fan of books – both in the abstract and as the physical object. I am also a big fan of systems and organisation. This might not be readily apparent to anyone peeking at my floors, but in my bookshelves order reigns supreme. I am also...

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    Mourning the Printed Page

    30 January, 2012 • 2 Comments

    A home without books is like a body without a soul.
    Cicero said that, with his customary artful understatement. Horace Mann apparently said that "A house without books is like a room without windows," but I think the points go to Cicero on this one.

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