1 I was looking through the LIS 768 blogs the other day when I decided to count up how people felt about the whole Maricopa issue. This is a rough estimate and some people might argue the positives/indifferent/negative counts but these were the numbers that I came up with based on the tone of the post:
It looks like the majority has come down on the side of BISAC and Maricopa. What does this mean for the future? These are the future librarians of America and it looks like they would implement BISAC in a library. Even the indifferent ones would probably go along with an implementation. Will the Dewey system slowly fall by the wayside to be forgotte? Maybe, maybe not. The Dewey system is entrenched. There is A LOT of library infrastructure built around it. To really implement something like BISAC would mean Stripping a lot of book spines of their Dewey stickers, editing the catalog data to include BISAC data, recoding the catalog software to accommodate BISAC. There is a lot of stuff that needs to be done to fully implement BISAC. I don’t think it’s something that can be phased in but has to be done all at once. That’s not to say that I’m against BISAC. I, for one, welcome our new BISAC overlords. Whatever works. Honestly I don’t really care one way or another.