by Brody Truce
Senior Staff Writer
Citing shifts in student needs and ever-decreasing student satisfaction scores, librarians at The College of Eastern Nevada have elected to abandon the Dewey Decimal system for categorizing books.
“We found that we were spending an extraordinary amount of time explaining the Dewey Decimal classification system to our students, and they simply weren’t retaining the information,” explained Janet Poleman, director of the college’s library. “Our students will return this fall to find an exciting new system categorizing our literature.”
All books in the college’s library will now be categorized using familiar Netflix categories.
“There has definitely been some healthy debate as to where some of our books will now live,” said Poleman, recounting a particularly heated debate about whether Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights belonged in the “Romantic Comedy” or “Cerebral Drama” section.
Faculty who rely heavily on the Dewey Decimal system may download from the library’s internet site a conversion sheet for the new classification system:
|Dewey Decimal Category||Netflix Category|
|000 – Computer science, information & general works||Sci-Fi & Fantasy|
|100 – Philosophy and psychology||Special Interest|
|200 – Religion||Faith & Spirituality|
|300 – Social sciences||Gay & Lesbian|
|400 – Language||Foreign|
|500 – Science (including mathematics)||Sci-Fi & Fantasy|
|600 – Technology||Documentary|
|700 – Arts and recreation||Music & Musicals|
|800 – Literature||Romantic Comedy|
|900 – History, geography, and biography||Cerebral Drama|