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Last week, I overheard Alex Trebek's interview with a contestant on 
Jeopardy who happened to be working on his master's degree in library 
science.  Alex asked him something like, "Are you familiar with the 
Dewey Decimal System?" And the contestant replied something like "Yes, 
but it's on the way out."  Alex replied, "I know that, but I just 
wondered."  Or something like that.

My question is:  Is the Dewey Decimal system on the way out?  I missed 
this trend in reading the library literature for the last few years.  
Are library students everywhere being taught that the Dewey Decimal 
system is on the way out?  There are a lot of students on the list, so 
I'm hoping to hear from them.

I dislike the Dewey Decimal system intensely, but classification systems 
are important, aren't they?

Confused librarian,

Judy Crook
Rifle, Colorado
Contract reference librarian
ESL instructor
Substitute teacher

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