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The Evolution of Dewey & WebDewey. The Future is Now. Andrea Kappler Cataloging Manager Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Evansville, IN. Brief “Digital” Dewey History. DOS (Electronic Dewey) Windows (Dewey for Windows) Web (WebDewey). 1993 – Electronic Dewey.

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The Evolution of Dewey & WebDewey

The Future is Now

Andrea Kappler

Cataloging Manager

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Evansville, IN


Brief “Digital” Dewey History

  • DOS (Electronic Dewey)

  • Windows (Dewey for Windows)

  • Web (WebDewey)


1993 – Electronic Dewey

  • Unveiled at Midwinter 1993

  • DDC 20

  • MS DOS CD-ROM product

  • Keyboard commands

  • Screen displays very different from print Dewey

  • Limited local notes capability

  • Hard to “window” in a DOS environment

  • Hard to update

  • More of a cataloging curiosity than a cataloging tool


1996 – Dewey for Windows

  • DDC 21

  • Windows CD-ROM product

  • Mouse friendly – select windows, scroll, drag & drop, expand/minimize windows

  • Screen displays include “Show Page” view

  • Local notes capability

  • All documentation online

  • Hard to update

  • Becoming a cataloging tool


2000 – WebDewey

  • DDC 21

  • Subscription Web product (available through CORC)

  • Internet connection & mouse needed

  • Screen displays show hierarchical structure of numbers

  • No local notes

  • Much improved online help

  • Browser environment– lots of windows!

  • Kept up-to-date by OCLC/Forest Press

  • Cataloging power tool!


Favorite Features in 2001

  • Separate Browse and Search screens

  • Boolean searching

  • Hierarchical display of numbers

  • Hypertext links

    • Dewey class numbers

    • LCSH authority records

  • Buttons for Tables, Browse, Notes, Terms, & a new search box always visible

  • Timer

  • Updated by OCLC/Forest Press


Wish List from 2001

  • Search history button

  • Option to revise a Boolean search

  • Link to OPAC

  • Work area (for building numbers)

  • Larger timer; maybe flashing when time down to 5 minutes

  • Local notes, local notes, local notes!

  • More built numbers

  • Links back to older editions, especially when numbers are discontinued


Wishes Granted 

  • Search history button 

  • Revise Boolean searches 

  • Link to OPAC 

  • Work area 

  • Timer flashes when time remaining is down to 5 minutes 

  • Local notes!! 

  • More built numbers 

  • Links back to discontinued numbers in older editions 


Search History lets me revise or repeat a search


Revise a search


636.7083 searched in my OPAC


Create local notes: institutional or personal


Cool Stuff I Wish I’d Wished For…

  • Logon saved in a cookie

  • Related links

  • Quick tips (on the Search screen)

  • Launch WebDewey from Connexion Client

  • Really long WebDewey session (2 hrs. vs. 40 min. from within Connexion Browser session)

  • Collapsible hierarchy & other user preferences

  • Improved mappings:

    • Subject headings for children

    • SM – Statistical Mappings

    • PPT (People Places & Things) mappings

    • EM – Editorial mappings – most authoritative


Helpful links

Logon saved in a cookie


Timer

More links


Launch WebDewey from OCLC’s Connexion Client


Set user preferences


Change DDC display options


Mappings & links to definitions


For 2006– I Challenge Dewey to…

  • Provide more frequent updating (monthly, weekly, daily, hourly?)

  • Incorporate the Dewey Blog

    • Provide a link to the Dewey Blog on opening screen

    • Link numbers in Blog discussions to WebDewey

  • Integrate local notes with schedules & tables

  • Link back to older editions for discontinued numbers (I don’t like the Excel spreadsheet)

  • Provide links to Relative Index terms

  • Allow more user feedback:

    • Contributions of built numbers

    • Tagging/Folksonomies for Relative Index term suggestions

    • Direct line to EPC members

  • Add Dewey class numbers to LCSH authority records


The Future is Now…

  • Collaborative nature of the Web

  • Consider changing WebDewey’s name?

    • Web2.0Dewey

    • WikiDewey


Questions, Comments

Andrea Kappler

[email protected]


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