BISAC: Is It the Future?

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about BISAC. BISAC is basically the standard for book retailers, organizing the vast world of the written word into consumer digestible categories. Libraries have adopted it as well, most notably my favorite Anythink Libraries in Colorado.

Here’s a great blog post on the project by Vivienne Houghton. Essentially, Anythink used BISAC as the basis for their own word based classification system to replace Dewey, called Wordthink.

I recently began managing a group of unique libraries geared more towards vacationing guests than academic scholarly types. I am developing a category system for these libraries based on a condensed version of BISAC.

What are the advantages for users? Intuitive findability and browsability. Really, it is pretty cool!



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