Dewey or Don’t We?: Transitioning to a Deweyless Library

deweylessBecky Russell

Sponsor: Colorado State Library

Originally aired: 1/22/2014

Presenters: Becky Russell, Colorado State Library; Logan MacDonald, Anythink Libraries, CO; Holly Buchter, St. Vrain Valley School District, CO

Have you heard about “The Bookstore Model” and wondered what all the fuss is about? Are you ready to ditch Dewey but feel intimidated?  Join us as Logan MacDonald from Anythink Libraries, and Holli Buchter, Media Services Coordinator for the St. Vrain School District share their experiences with going Deweyless.  Both of these presenters have taken a different approach to this concept in their libraries, and they look forward to sharing their insight, process and challenges in this endeavor.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential strategies and partners in helping to transition part or all of their library collection to a “Bookstore Model.”
  • Understand how this model has benefitted end users such as K-12 students and public library patrons.

Intended Audience: School and public librarians interested in rethinking how libraries organize and present their collections.

(Note: There were brief audio issues at the beginning of the session.)

Session Resources:

Slide Deck (PDF)
Interactive Questions – Chat Transcript (PDF)

About The Presenters

Logan MacDonald is the Collection Development Director for Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado. In 2008, Logan helped develop WordThink, Anythink’s BISAC-based classification system that was implemented district-wide in 2009. Prior to joining Anythink, Logan worked for the Montrose Regional Library District in Montrose, Colorado, and University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. He is frequently introduced by colleagues as “The Man Who Killed Dewey.” E-mail: lmacdonald@anythinklibraries.org

Holli Buchter is District Librarian for the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont CO. where she is a backbone to 42 public school libraries. She is a leader that provides support and management to district personnel to promote success for student achievement. Recent projects include the transformation of using the bookstore model in an elementary school library and participating in the Summer Institute with the Library of Congress. Holli completed her MLS at Emporia State University, KS and holds her degree in English from Shippensburg State University, PA.

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