Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3rd month of grad school--really??

I cannot believe that this semester is almost over! It seems beyond me! This month the Dewey Decimal System was introduced. The picture I created shows the 2 sides of my emotions when starting this. The top half is surprised/curious, and the bottom half is crazy! There is SO much to learn! I did, however, have an 'aha' moment this month. I decided to try to explain what the DDC was and how it worked to my sis. I told her, for example, that we would classify a book about dogs. I showed her the index, and then the schedule and finally the number. The next day she accompanied me to the library to find some books for one of my other classes. While we were there I decided to go look up the number that we created the previous night. When we found it and it was, in fact, about dogs, I couldn't help but feel proud! I know that the DDC is in place in most libraries and they all are the same, but finding/applying my creation/knowledge really made me feel like I am on the right track and proves I'm learning. It always helps when you get to actually apply what you are learning in the classroom. I am finally understanding why librarians should be able to catalogue anything from an onion to a dog's ear!
I looked online for some guides as far as themes go and found one for children (Click here). Also the Dewey Decimal Hotlist for Librarians had a ton of info that was interesting. But none of these resources were more interesting AND entertaining as this video. It is a rap about the Dewey Decimal System.
I guess that is all for now. Until next month, which will be the home stretch, Keep Katalogin'!