Institute 2014

Talking Dewey-Lite: A Solution to the Non-Fiction Problem — ALSC Institute Programs

2014 Institute LogoThe upcoming ALSC Institute in Oakland, CA, on September 18-20, 2014, provides an abundance of outstanding programs to attend, from exploring innovative ways for youth services librarians to engage with community to the latest in early literacy research and best practices.

Among the many programs offered will be Dewey-Lite: A Solution to the Non-Fiction Problem, offering solutions for increasing the browsability of non-fiction collections while enhancing the patron searching experience. Program presenter Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla gave us a few minutes of her time to talk about what Institute attendees can look forward to.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am the Collection Development Coordinator and Assistant Head of Children’s Services at Darien Library. My co-presenter, Kiera Parrott, was the Head of Children’s Services at Darien during our non-fiction reorganization and is currently the Reviews Editor at School Library Journal.

Tell us about your program in just 6 words.

Dewey is dead, Long Live Dewey!

What’s one thing you feel people should know about your program?

“Children's Librarian Becky W. helps find a book” by Allen County (IN) Public Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND. No changes were made.
Children’s Librarian Becky W. helps find a book” by Allen County (IN) Public Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND. No changes were made.

Kiera and I are not out to destroy the Dewey Decimal System. We have tried to create a non-fiction model that utilizes the best of Dewey while minimizing the things about it that can be confusing for patrons.

What’s one thing someone who attends your program will be able to take back to their libraries and use right away?

People who attend our program will leave knowing how to implement Dewey-Lite, or something like it, at their own library. Right away, they’ll have a better understanding of how their patrons browse and use non-fiction collections.

Looking at the list of other programs on the lineup, which one are you most looking forward to attending?

The program I wish I could attend the most is Easy Programming for Discerning Tweens, since that is an audience with have a yo-yo relationship with at our library, and I always love to find out what other libraries are doing to reach this unique population! Unfortunately, it’s at the same time as my own presentation, so hopefully someone will take excellent notes!

If you could be any kid’s lit character, who would you be and why?

I would most definitely be Hermione Granger, because she’s smart and capable and magical and saves the world. Plus, she has a cute ginger husband. Or I would be Betsy Ray, because she has amazing clothes and excellent friends and goes on a world tour and becomes a writer. Or Anne Shirley, for her imagination and her puff sleeves and her swoon-inducing romance with Gilbert.

Ted McCoy, ALSC Institute Task Force Member and Children’s Librarian at Springfield (MA) City Library

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