Davidson College Faculty: Please join us May 10 – 12 for Dewey & Donuts Open Hours (between the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM each day). Stop by anytime during those hours to peruse the stacks, enjoy a donut and coffee, and help us review a portion of the Dewey Reference collection for items that are important for your teaching and/or research.
Please note: If you would prefer to peruse the Dewey Reference before the scheduled open hours, reach out to us. Directions and review slips are located near the Dewey Reference stacks on the first floor of the library.
As you might recall from the Library of the Future Task Force report, one of the short-term recommendations for the library was to address the library’s 15-year history of using two classification systems. Importantly, the Dewey Reference collection has already been reviewed by faculty several years ago, and what remains was deemed in need of further evaluation. Over the past several months, librarians and archivists have been working on identifying books from this collection to be reclassified and moved to Archives and Special Collections or to our Library of Congress classified stacks; but a significant number of Dewey reference books remain for faculty review.
Your participation in this process will guide us in our next step, which is to review the 180K Dewey volumes on the library’s second floor. A comprehensive review of these books will be a large endeavor, but a necessary one as we continue to prepare for our library of the future (it’s on the horizon)!