Answered By: Emma Sansby, BA (Hons) MA MCLIP Last Updated: 10 May, 2016 Views: 48
The decision not to use Dewey in our library was made many years ago, probably in the 1950s or 1960s. Bliss was chosen over Dewey because it was considered a better system for libraries that have lots of books on similar subjects (like education). Bliss is by no means in common use today but we have no plans to change to Dewey.
We know that students unfamiliar with our library can find Bliss a little confusing, and we also know that over time some of our shelfmarks have become overly long and complicated. We have taken steps to address these two issues by using the opportunity created by the library extension to redesign the layout of the shelves and by initiating a long term reclassification project to simplify individual shelfmarks.