If the persistance of a topic on the conference circuit and in the blogosphere is any indication of its importance as a topic of professional discussion, then the issue of whether the Dewey Decimal System meets the needs of 21st century library users is on the minds of a lot of librarians these days. I've blogged about this before, but wanted to share a couple more contributions to the debate.
From the PLA Minneapolis Blog put together by PVLD librarians Jennifer Addington and Debra Petersen some thoughts about ways that library collections can be organzed to better meet the needs of users without abandoning Dewey. There are some great ideas that we can use at PVLD...and I know Eve Wittenmyer and Melissa Little up in the Circulation Department have even more ideas about how to make the collection organization more user friendly.
Wholesale abandonment of Dewey is probably not practical for an established library, but the discussion of its relevance is healthy, and its amazing to see all of the amazing ways libraries are adapting or working around it to better serve our customers. Look for some of these kinds of adaptations at PVLD in the coming months!