Browsing as Problem

I have long been fond of a 2010 article in American Libraries by Donald Barclay entitled “The Myth of Browsing.” Writing in reaction to faculty opposition to offsite storage of books and journals, Barclay pointed out that open stacks date back only to about 1940. He reminded readers that browsers are perusing whatever small segment of the information universe is owned by their library, that books can be shelved in only one place even if they cover many topics or perspectives, and that the most … [Read more...]

Status Report on Reclassification to LC

We got a request for a status report on the conversion of the library’s books to Library of Congress classification. Happy to oblige! It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on the fifth anniversary of the project. Since July 1, 2009, every new book the library has purchased has been classified in LC. In addition, we’ve had staff working on converting books we already owned. We have reclassified two discrete collections: the oversize/folio books, which continue to be shelved in their own … [Read more...]