Dewey or Don't We

Volume 42, No. 2
November/December 2013

The theme for the November/December 2013 Knowledge Quest is Dewey or Don’t We. This issue of KQ focuses on the issues and questions surrounding the Dewey system versus genre-fied classification. It features panelists from the “Hot Topics” session at the ALA Midwinter Conference.

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Below you will find a variety of related resources and content that tie into the issue.

Table of Contents

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Guest Editor

Hilda K. Weisburg is the editor of School Librarian’s Workshop, a bimonthly e-newsletter for K–12 librarians. Starting in November, she will teach a six-week e-course for ALA Editions titled “Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job.” Her first YA fantasy, Woven through Time, was published in October by Vermillion Pencil Press, an imprint of Grey Gate Media. She is a delegate to the AASL Affiliate Assembly from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, a member of the ALA Committee on Literacy, and chair of the AASL Advocacy Committee.

Read the Guest Editor column, “The Dewey Debate,” pdf icon by Hilda! 

Listen to a podcast interview with Hilda about the issue on “Dewey or Don’t We.”

30 Second Thought Leadership Videos

View video podcasts from school library leaders who answer the question, What will be the next big thing to revolutionize school library collections?”

School Library Research (SLR) Spotlight

If you liked the November/December 2013 Knowledge Quest articles on “Dewey or Don’t We,” you may be interested in this research study published in School Library Research (SLR):

Information Literacy and High School Seniors: Perceptions of the Research Process

Visit the SLR website to view other research articles by volume and author.

Online Exclusives & Additional Resources

Online Exclusive Feature

Dewey Do or Dewey Don’t: A Sign of the Times pdf icon 
by Carol Gordon 





AASL Essential Links

Here are some Essential Links on Dewey or Don't We that you may find useful. Essential Links is a wiki that comprises a working bibliography of resources for school librarians, principals, parents, charter school organizers, library para-professionals, government officials, and college instructors. Books, journal articles, websites, and other media are included.

Article from the Archive

AASL offers a free feature article from a previous issue that ties that relates to the current issue. Click the link below to read the feature story: “Inquiry-Based Learning is Equal Parts Process and Partnering” by Whitney Norwood Husid and Virginia Wallace from the March/April 2012 issue on “Coteaching”

Inquiry-Based Learning is Equal Parts Process and Partnering” pdf icon