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Old 03-23-2007, 02:26 AM   #6
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I wouldn't recommend Dewey for a small private collection; it's confusing enough for non-librarians in public libraries!
It can be pretty confusing for librarians as well at times. When I first started work as a lecturer our college library had computing texts spread over a variety of Dewey codes (information science, electronics, business studies, engineering, etc etc). Sometimes they would buy multiple copies of a book and file some under one number and others elsewhere.

One of the best misclassification stories I heard first hand happened in Brighton library where a book called Rock Life was filed under geology. A very irate elderly gentleman complained when he borrowed it (presumably without looking inside) only to discover, when he got home, that the pictures of the Rolling Stones weren't exactly geological specimens.

   
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