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Hey all-
Thanks for the many responses regarding the logic behind a seperate
paperback section. The majority of responses indicated, that as I thought,
there wasn't a great reason to have such a section. The emphasis was on
interfiling it as soon as possible, starting with the non-fiction (which is
the most confusing material to lump under "paperback").
 Some responses also indicated that the section might exist because
paperbacks are often smaller and get lost behind larger hardbounds, or they
wear faster and there is more turnover. Also, some students prefer to read
only in that format. If this is the case, it might make sense to have a
section, but it would be confusing to mix fiction with non-fiction or
otherwise ignore the filing system of the rest of the library.
 After everyone's responses I plan to slowly recatalog and refile all of the
paperbacks. I think it just adds confusion and extra searching in my library
and doesn't encourage good use of the catalog or intelligent browsing. I
think it is possible that in some libraries a separate paperback section
could encourage use, especially of fiction, but it doesn't seem to be
helpful in my situation.
  Dan Davenport, Media Specialist
Howell High School, Howell MI

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