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1 The Evolution of Dewey & WebDewey The Future is Now Andrea Kappler Cataloging Manager Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Evansville, IN

2 Brief Digital Dewey History DOS (Electronic Dewey) Windows (Dewey for Windows) Web (WebDewey)

3 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

4 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

5 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!

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 Search History lets me revise or repeat a search

10 Revise a search

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12 searched in my OPAC

13 Create local notes: institutional or personal

14 Cool Stuff I Wish Id 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

15 Helpful links Logon saved in a cookie

16 Timer More links

17 Launch WebDewey from OCLCs Connexion Client

18 Set user preferences

19 Change DDC display options

20 Mappings & links to definitions

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22 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 dont 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

23 The Future is Now… Collaborative nature of the Web Consider changing WebDeweys name? Web2.0Dewey WikiDewey

24 Questions, Comments Andrea Kappler


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