I really enjoyed the “What’s so great About the Dewey Decimal system?” article that we had this week. I really agree with what the author said about Dewey being extremely revolutionary for his time. I mean the guy organized information which is not an easy task by any means.
However, I have a bone to pick with Dewey. The system is great, don’t get me wrong, but after spending the past five months cataloging books I’ve come across some discrepancies in our preferred organizational classification. For instance: There are multiple numbers assigned to Christian holidays, Easter, Christmas, etc. Each of these holidays gets its own number. But when you have a book that deals with any number of Jewish holidays, or any non-Christian holiday really, you find that they are all just lumped into one number.
I understand that the system has been built so that you can continue to add new numbers for different genres, but how many decimals places are we really willing to go to actually organized everything?