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Old 03-24-2007, 02:59 AM   #8
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But your tale sounds somewhat apocryphal to me, unless the Brighton library was doing original cataloguing and the classifier didn't even open the book.
I suspect that may have been the problem. This was nearly 30 years ago -- maybe they had a very small geology section. The amazing thing seemed to me that the borrower appeared to have taken the book home without looking inside.

While I was working in the library someone donated a collection of Persian books that got processed up-side down.

I guess part of the problem with Dewey is that the world has changed and any change in the classification system has probably got to be a slow development lagging behind the real world. After the University decided to move all it's computing texts to 001 there was still a problem with electronics/computing texts that were popular 20 years ago when everyone was buying bags of chips and soldering up their own computer. I imagine that's a subject that gets very little attention these days.

   
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