Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
Friday, October 6 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Dewey Decimation: Going Dewey-free with Book Map at Rochester Public Library

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Can a youth services librarian convince a cataloger to let go of a traditional cataloging scheme? Find out as we take you through the whole saga of Rochester Public Library developing Book Map, a new classification scheme for the juvenile nonfiction collection. In this session, RPL staff share why this was an important change and the details on how they developed and implemented Book Map. The session will be held in the RPL Auditorium and we'll walk and talk through the collection to see the labeling, shelving, and signage in action.


Keri Ostby

Head of Technical Services, Rochester Public Library
Keri Ostby joined Rochester Public Library in 2012 as the Head of Technical Services. Keri has been involved in some of the most innovative changes at RPL including RFID implementation, the BookBike, and non-Dewey cataloging.

Laura Randolph

Library Assistant, Rochester Public Library
Laura Randolph shares her time between Technical Services and Youth Services at Rochester Public Library. She has enjoyed processing books, media (and more) since 2001 in addition to collaborating with the community on Spanish storytimes and connecting families with the library through... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Rochester Public Library Auditorium