So You Want to Genre-fy your Library...and More

You want your users to have more confidence, be more independent, and be able to find the right book. By rearranging your children's collections you will be able to accomplish this and more. We can show you where to start, point out possible potholes and give you a map to the future.  Join the library team from the Ethical Culture School, New York City, which 2 years ago began to look at alternatives to Dewey and chose to implement the Metis Classification System to great success increasing both circulation and patron satisfaction.

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School library team was featured in School Library Journal this September.  Check out the full story from SLJ's Extra Helping enewsletter here: Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?: Libraries Nationwide Are Ditching the Old Classification System.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Reassess the organization of their collections, so as to better support the developmental needs of their students
  • Understand alternative classification systems including: BISAC, Metis, and Darien Public Library's First Five Years
  • Better serve the students who are not sure what they want to read
  • Learn strategies for assigning those tough in-between books

Who Should Attend

Librarians serving children in school or public libraries as well as those serving special populations 


Tali Balas Kaplan, Sue Giffard, Jenn Still, and Andrea Dolloff make up the library team at the Ethical Culture School which 2 years ago began to look at alternatives to Dewey and chose to implement the Metis Classification System to great success.



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Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


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