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I have been guilty of radical re-cataloging of materials, even done the 'move them 
from the 300's and 600's to the 900's so the
SocialStudies /history researchers should find it easier'.

In the name of 'easy access'.

But, no more.

We provide Pathfinders and Resource Guides. During project orientations we can 
provide concrete examples why a 'WWII book' could
belong in the 300's since its focus is on women in the military, or in the 600's as 
it covers the history and development of fighter
planes. And then, when the student's topic is women's role in the military, does it 
seem logical that they need to be looking first
and foremost in the 900's? Do we move _Ryan White: My Own Story_ or Johnson's _ My 
Life_ to the 300's, or 600's to 'help

Our collections, just like our subscription databases and encyclopedias, have 
controlled vocabulary for access. Words used by the
experts in the topic. Part of our library job, providing access, is tied to part of 
our teaching job, helping students become
effective and critical users of information. An AskJeeves style search regimen only 
works within a certain range of research

We do need to think to future users (both succeeding librarians and students). 
Curriculum changes, populations change. Our teachers
tend not to assign 'brain-dump' reports (write about the Romans)anymore; moving to 
projects more open ended and higher up Bloom's.
And now we go out three decimal points to shelve the various drugs and abuse issues.

It probably is a lot easier to slap a new spine label and modify the record for 
that than going through the records and cleaning up
SH's, etc. And yes, it is even possible that Brautigan's _Trout Fishing in America_ 
really was cataloged in the 700's.

Robert Eiffert, Librarian
Pacific Middle School, Vancouver WA
Beiffert at egreen wednet edu

> <snip>I am all about access for my readers, not about
> strictly adhering to someone else's suggestion.  Students (even teachers)
> already find the library confusing enough.
> <snip>Remember that the legacy you leave behind is the integrity of the
> your absence it is the OPAC MARC records that support the slmc.
> <snip>  Catalog your
> books in a way that will make them most accessible to your readers.  That
> may mean that you will catalog your books of colonial occupations in 900s
> rather than spread throughout your collection by occupation.  

> ><snip> Be careful of taking picture books out the FIC, they might belong there

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