Jakten på Dewey : en kunskapsorganisatorisk studie av Malmö stadsbiblioteks tillämpning av DDK
Sammanfattning: During the last three years the Malmö City Library made a transition from the Swedish classification system SAB to the internationally established Dewey Decimal Classification. The Malmö City Library is the first public library of a larger magnitude to make such a transition in Sweden. The aim of this thesis is to contribute with knowledge and reflections about how the Dewey Decimal Classification can be used by public libraries in Sweden and to study the relationship between classification systems and the local needs of libraries. The theoretical framework is based on Bowker and Star’s notion of classification systems as a form of infrastructure. The methodology rests on a qualitative foundation, albeit with quantitative elements. The methods used are interviews and observations of the physical environment, the open access catalog and the website of the Malmö City Library. The thesis shows that the adaption quite strictly follows the guidelines of the National Library of Sweden and the structure of the Dewey Decimal Classification. It highlights the need for good guidelines for public libraries to use the Dewey Decimal System in an effective and ethical way. The thesis also describes multiple customizations made by the Malmö City Library to fit the needs of their users and the many alternative approaches that have been made available to the users to find what they are looking for. It shows how these customizations along with the knowledge of the librarians may compensate for some of the ethical flaws in the Dewey Decimal Classification, even though the classification system remains quite invisible to the users.
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