BISAC and Beyond

April 17 and18, 2012
Hosted by Logan McDonald and Loretta Mainock

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Many libraries are considering moving away from traditional classification systems like Dewey or LC in favor of word-based systems based on BISAC, a classification scheme used by book retailers and publishers. Reclassifying a library collection takes thought, planning, courage, and sweat. How can a word-based classification system benefit your customers? Join the conversation and talk to other libraries who have already ditched Dewey or are considering making the switch. Topics for discussion may include:

  • Why switch to a BISAC-based system?
  • Adapting BISAC for the needs of your customers
  • Planning the conversion process
  • Tips, tricks, and FAQs for reclassifying collections
  • Using BISAC for collection development
  • Rethinking the ‘flow’ of your nonfiction collection
  • Merchandising with BISAC
  • BISAC and the MARC record
  • Leveraging BISAC in the OPAC to add discovery points

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this e-forum and is welcome to participate.


Logan Macdonald is the Collection Development Manager for Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado. In 2008, Logan helped develop WordThink, Anythink’s BISAC-based classification system that was implemented district-wide in 2009. Prior to joining Anythink, Logan worked for the Montrose Regional Library District in Montrose, Colorado and University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. He is frequently introduced by colleagues as “The Man Who Killed Dewey.”

Loretta Mainock is the Anythink Buyer for children’s materials and also purchases econtent, music and dvd’s for Anythink Libraries. She has been with the library district for more than 15 years. She has been involved with Anythink’s move toward BISAC-based classification from its inception.


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