Show Me Your Shelves

Dear library and bookstore colleagues:

For our forthcoming special issue, “Breaking the Rules,” the Horn Book Magazine is looking for examples of DIY book cataloging, classification, shelving, and display. That is, we want to see cases in which you broke your own rules of what-goes-where in order to give a book a better chance of meeting its readers. Whether it’s a mingling of fiction, poetry, and memoir on a “books to make you cry” shelf; or a collection of sex ed books situated so a reader can find them in privacy; or an arrangement of book spines in the order of the rainbow, we want to see them. And we want to come and take pictures of them, so this plea for subversive cataloging is going out particularly to our friends and subscribers in the Greater Boston area. You show us your shelves and we’ll buy you ice cream.

 

If you do have some end-run around Dewey, LC, or Western epistemological systems in general, please write to me at rsutton at hbook.com and we’ll get in touch.

Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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