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Dear Netters,
When I teach the Deweys, I explain that the entire collection could have
Dewey call numbers.  There are numbers for fiction and biography.  We don't
use those numbers because those two sections are usually very large.  And,
it is easier to find an author's last name or a subject's last name when
those sections are separated.  I also teach that there are complete Deweys
in reference, careers, and a special collection we have of Elizabethan and
Shakespeare books.  Dewey is just one classification system we use to help
our patrons locate information.  It's not so much a skill as it is
addresses.  Since the largest part of "nonfiction" is not fiction, I have no
problem with the term.--elm
Esther L. McRae, Middle School Library Media Specialist
emcrae@llwnet.ll.pbs.org                                  Brooklyn, New York
"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the
 one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." Luke 12:48b

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