Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) finds a lot of value in the Dewey Decimal Classification® system (DDC), which helps both library patrons and staff navigate library collections with ease. The DDC is helpful to EVPL staff in several key ways, including cataloging, subject analysis and patron service. "The DDC provides us with a way of finding a specific title at a specific place on the shelf," said Dennis Brandewie, Oaklyn Branch Library.
Cataloging Manager Andrea Kappler said the DDC is helpful for making sure that books with the same focus are classified together consistently, regardless of subject headings or the order in which their subject headings appear in the catalog record. EVPL catalogers also benefit from a shelf-listing feature in EVPL's ILS, enabling them to quickly see if their DDC numbers fit with other books classed in a given DDC number.
The DDC helps EVPL staff analyze specific subject sections for collection development and weeding projects. According to Andrea, EVPL uses WebDewey® 2.0 to fine tune the DDC ranges used in collectionHQ to make collection use analyses more useful. EVPL also uses the DDC to help provide meaningful names to those ranges.
EVPL's branch staff appreciate how DDC numbers help them find materials in both adult and children's collections, which cover an extensive range of subjects. "When patrons ask where books on a specific subject are located, our staff can either provide the DDC number or walk with the patrons to where they'll find the right section in the collections," Dennis said.
The DDC continues to be a viable tool for collection organization at EVPL. With about 95 percent of the public libraries in the U.S. using the DDC, it seems fit for purpose for a long time to come.