Career Profile: Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification

My position requires constant intellectual curiosity, a willingness to look into fields outside of my expertise besides just the ones that already interest me. It requires working with a team and within the boundaries of a system that’s over 100 years old. Are there areas of the classification we could make better if we just started them anew? I think so, but then you’ve made thousands, maybe millions of library materials out there that have completely outdated numbers! So we need to balance growth with what might be called backwards compatibility.

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