Read This: NYPL is ‘Shelving Its Past for High-Tech Research Stacks’

The books will begin arriving in April, and by the end of spring library officials expect to be using a new retrieval system to ferry the volumes and other materials from their 84 miles of subterranean shelving, loaded into little motorized carts — a bit like miniaturized minecars carrying nuggets of research gold.

To fit all the books in the allotted space, the library will have to abandon its version of the Dewey Decimal System, in which shelving is organized by subject, in favor of a new “high-density” protocol in which all that matters is size.

Question: What will the librarians do without Dewey!?

Read more at “Beneath New York Public Library, Shelving Its Past for High-Tech Research Stacks

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