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In a message dated 2/22/2007 6:30:39 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  

TARGET:  Demise of Dewey Decimal system
I'm taking a cataloguing course right now in Library School. We haven't  been 
told about the demise of Dewey. In fact, yesterday our professor gave us  
clarification on the demise of MARC. Seems the talk was that XML is ready  to 
swoop in and drive MARC off the edge of the cliff, but we went over the  
benefits/negatives of both and MARC is still in shape and going strong. Seems  it's 
going to take a lot more than rumors of XML invading its space for MARC  to lie 
down and fade into the sunset. Too many libraries and librarians depend  on it.
Thus, I believe a classification system that has lasted as long as Dewey  is 
also not going to slip away into the sunset. Some libraries are using LOC,  
but that doesn't mean Dewey is gone or going anyplace anytime soon. So, in  
answer to your question, my library school is not burying Dewey.
Long live Dewey!

Alma Ramos-McDermott
MLS Student
ALA Spectrum  Scholar
Simmons College
Boston, MA
Former 21 year NYC elementary  teacher 

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