The first indication that something was different was the higher-than-usual number of hits on my blog today. This usually means that one person is paging through. I never know who, of course, and it drives me a little crazy. I think it’s when new people find the blog and go through lots and lots of posts…
The second indication, though, was the unusual search strings people had used to find me:
dewey decimal heresy
“Dewey Decimal” AND heresy (constructed like a well-trained librarian would!)
I shrugged it off, figured it was one person running similar but different searches and clicking again and again on my post from a few weeks ago about the library in Arizona that’s doing away with the Dewey Decimal System.
And then I browsed through the New York Times online and found this article. And then I found myself — not exactly quoted, and not attributed at all — in the 8th paragraph:
But the attraction is hardly universal. On Web sites where librarians frequently post, the abandonment of Dewey has not been welcome. One blogger titled her entry “Heresy!” Another called the Perry Branch’s approach “idiotic.”