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O my friends, many of whom are library geeks, I need advice. We have many YA books to add to the account. Do we file them in the overstuffed Kid Lit section of the library (in our guest room), or do we file them in the Adult Fiction section of the library? The shelves in the guest room have very little room (I'm actually pondering a cull, for the first time in a while). But the shelves in the entertainment room aren't much better, once the current set of books gets shelved. And when being visited by a 12-14 year old, will he or she want to curl up in the hammock in the Kid Lit section, knowing Nancy Drew, Winnie the Pooh, and board books are all in the same room?

Hm. There's simply no way we can fit all the Nancy Drew books anywhere else.

Okay, then, here's the real question: Do Nancy Drew, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, and Madeleine L'Engle belong together? Is it okay to put them in the Kid Lit section, alongside Winnie the Pooh and board books?

These are the things my household ponders. ;)

Date: 2011-11-26 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I say cull first, then see what you have left and where it will fit. :-)

Date: 2011-11-26 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But that would make sense! ;)

The real reason why we're not doing that atm is that I'm filing online while the guest room is in use, and creating a stack of books to go in there later. I still want to make progress, though, despite not having access to those shelves atm.

Date: 2011-11-26 11:49 pm (UTC)
siderea: (Default)
From: [personal profile] siderea
Build new room on house. :)

Date: 2011-11-27 01:03 am (UTC)
cellio: (avatar-face)
From: [personal profile] cellio
I think "kids", "young adult", and "old adult" are three categories. If forced to choose I'd file L'Engle with Niven rather than board books, but if you expect to have visitors in that age group, why not create a YA section? Then, since it's new, you can put it wherever it fits. :-)

Date: 2011-11-27 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Time for a card catalog?

Date: 2011-11-27 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you could differentiate between "YA" and "YA series", and put them in different places. :)

Date: 2011-11-27 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you're running out of space, can you shelve the books two deep?

I was at a friend's house last night, and I noticed that she had her DVDs on the shelves two deep, but the back row was on top of cardboard bricks, so they were visible.

Date: 2011-11-27 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you keep non-teen-friendly books on the adult book shelf, I would suggest putting the YA in with the kids stuff, but on a higher shelf. This way you don't have to worry that someone looking for YA will end up with something like steamy vampire sex.

Date: 2011-11-29 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was thinking this too, in 3 sections... maybe the lower guest room shelves could be the board books, Shel Silverstein, etc. -- then in the middle, perhaps, a shelf or so of totally G-rated YA (like Nancy Drew), with the more 'mature' YA on the top few shelves.

Of course, this doesn't solve the problem of room... some 'mature' YA could maybe go in with the adult stuff (always good to expose YA to adults, anyway). But having seen the unshelved stacks already in there, I have to concede that without more room/storage, the guest room shelves may well have to be culled. =(

Any classification system

Date: 2011-11-28 12:54 am (UTC)
andreas_schaefer: (alter ego)
From: [personal profile] andreas_schaefer
is there to srve the users: Enable them to find the books they are looking for easily and (possibly) keep their hands of books unsuited for them.- if sorting the books by size, color or last letter of the title achieves THAT aim (a bit unlikely I would think) than those are the right ways to sort the books.
Personally, since I do not have visiting minors I tend to sort most books strictly alphabetical by author - Exceptions are fairytale collections where an unexpurgated 1001 nights are standing next to Grimms, and next to Arabian Nights and next to several volumes of fairytales written by 'poets' and fairytales of various countries and cultures.
Cookbooks are of course sorted more by content.
The main body remains alphabetical with 'News from Nowhere' by Morris, close to King Arthur by Malory and Pooh by Milne ( in the case of Pooh the books are followed by the derived books " The Tao of Pooh " just like Shakespeare is followed by a few works about Shakespeare and the works of Virginia Woolf by the Quentin Bell biography of her.
That system enables me to find books I am looking for and ├╝places books by the same author next to each other.
Librarians may regard my refusal to classify books into categories as blasphemous, but it works for me ( and I regard the anal retentive sorting of Non-Fiction by author in the locval library as stupid and counter-intuitive )

What I want is to win the lottery so that I can found a library that stocks the stuff I like to read. (and the local libraries don't )


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