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IST 605: Genrefying School Libraries

To Dewey or not to Dewey, that is the question:Published research to assist school librarians with how to best organize their library collection.

Websites, books, and articles


Arenz, G. (2019, May 13). What School Librarians Have to Say About Genrefication. Demco.

Follett. (2019). Follett School Solutions: Genrefication Best Practices. Follett.

Holladay, L. & Barron, S. (2018). Genrefication 101: A School Librarian's Quick Guide on How to Genrefy the Library. HowExpert.

Lee, C. (2019, October 3). Fiction Genrefication at the Elementary School Level. Knowledge Quest.

Mabee, M. (2020, October 26). How to Genrefy Your Library: a Beginner's Guide to Getting Started. Book Riot.

Mroczek-Bayci, E. (2023). Pick A Genre: Mystery? Sci-Fi? You Name It! The Fine Art Of Genrefying Collections. School Library Journal, 69(8), 29–.

OCLC. (2019, May 17). Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System. Online Computer Library Center.

Sultanik. (2020). Genrefying the Children’s Fiction Collection. School Library Research, 23.

Sweeney, S. (2013, Summer). Genrefy your library: improve readers' advisory and data-driven decision making. Young Adult Library Services, 11(4), 41+.

Witteveen, A. (2019, September 25). Ditching Dewey? These Ideas can get You Started on Genrefication. School Library Journal.

Blogs, Images, and Videos


Bogan, K. (2018, November 8). 10 Steps to Genre-fy Your Library! Don't Shush Me! Adventures of a 21st Century High School Librarian.

Eichenlaub, I. (2018, October 1). Genrefication: Removing Barriers to Access [Blog]. Knowledge Quest.

Collazo, L. (2020, September 2). The How's and Why's of School Library Genrefication [Video]. YouTube.

Elise, M. (n.d.). Blurred Image many old books on bookshelf [Photograph]. Library Art Print.

LaGarde, J. (n.d.). Fresh [Digital Art]. Library Girl.

Lee, C. (2019, October 3). Fiction Genrefication at the Elementary School Level [Blog]. Knowledge Quest.

Your Personal Librarian. (2019, July 21). A School Librarian on Genrefication - Things to Do, Traps to Avoid, and Surprising Benefits [Video].

Your Personal Librarian. (2019, July 28). Your Genrefication Questions Answered [Video]. YouTube.

Your Personal Librarian. (2019, August 1). Non-fiction Genrefication [Video]. YouTube.

Vnuk, R. (2015). The Weeding Handbook : A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide. ALA Editions.

Vnuk, R. & DeFazio, V. (2015). Feel the Need to Weed! [Video]. YouTube.