Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dewey choices...

So, the New Yorker's book called "The Rejected Collection," which is a collection of cartoons that were rejected for one reason or another, goes in 741.5.... because it is a collection of cartoons. The fact that they were rejected is sort of secondary. Whereas Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the war on free expression, goes in 070.442,

which is Journalism, (070.4),
Features and specific subjects (add the next 4=070.44),
Interpretation and opinion (add the last 2=070.442).

These two books in my mind SHOULD sit side by side, somewhere, but not in the Dewey schema. I wonder if the 650s match, such that someone doing a keyword search would find both books. (Because Killed Cartoons is more commentary than cartoons, but they are the same SUBJECT.) If someone was going to do a research paper on rejected cartoons, they would want both books.

Okay, I just added a 650 (subject) to the Rejection Collection: Editorial cartoonszUnited StatesxHistory.

If your eyes just glazed over at the technical language, as you were. A librarian lapse!!

1 comment:

Heidi Renee said...

i would love to see a post-modern library! dewey is just so outdated! :) emergent library sciences! you're a pioneer sl!