This week a new classification system was introduced to the library world. It includes 10 main categories as follows:
- Computer science, information, and general works
- Philosophy and psychology
- Social Sciences
- Arts and recreation
- History and geography
The new system is being called the “Melvil Decimal Classification” and offers a number of benefits for libraries wishing to switch from the inferior Dewey Decimal Classification ®. These benefits include; not needing to re-label any books or place a ® symbol on posters referring to the new classification system- an ink saver.
This new system was created by Conan the Librarian, well known for his library advocacy videos. “He really has a way of persuading people and I’d expect 99.9% of all libraries to be using the system next year” commented an anonymous ALA member.
Critics argue that the system is exactly the same as the Dewey Decimal Classification ® and therefor has the same flaws. Conan responded that, “these flaws would be fixed with Melvil 2.0” a more “user centered” classification upgrade.
When asked if April Fool’s Day would still be classified as 392.262, Conan let out a roar and yelled “Don’t you know the Melvil Decimal System!”