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Feb 23, 2009, 11:57am Top

Includes works on libraries and archives. Also includes works of general knowledge such as encyclopedia, almanacs, or dictionaries. Encyclopedia, almanacs, or dictionaries on a specific topic should be placed with that topic.

Apr 9, 2009, 10:51am Top

Are dictionaries really a good fit here? I would think it would make more sense to shelve them in LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS.

Apr 9, 2009, 4:18pm Top

I would put dictionaries with language.

I think the group discussing essays were uncomfortable with putting broad non-fiction essay here (and I realize that no one had recommended doing it here).

For me, there are key reference books, that I want to be shelved in a quickly accessible area, and not in a subject area. But, I think these would be better handled by the Upcoming collections effort.
For me this includes a couple of almanacs, a couple of dictionaries, an atlas, a prayer book, a hymnal, et al.

Apr 9, 2009, 5:17pm Top

Collections are an LT feature and really has nothing to do with OSC which will be a new classification system for libraries to use.

I think a reference section within a library would be a good use of optional facets.

Apr 9, 2009, 7:02pm Top

>4 jjwilson61: I think a reference section within a library would be a good use of optional facets.

Assuming you mean those books that the library won't let you remove from the premises, I agree. When I first saw the mention of the facets, I immediately thought of marking for sections like "reference" and "large print".

Apr 10, 2009, 2:13pm Top

Our local library recently (within the past week or two) intershelved most of the Reference section into the main Non-fiction stacks. They believe it will enhance browsability and increase the use of the reference books. They might be right -- my OH didn't even notice the reference section until about 2 months ago (and we've been going to that library at least once a week for the past 2 years).

So I guess that's another vote in support of the optional facet idea.


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