|The sorting stage|
Children looking for "Snow White" can find it in various places depending on whether it's a Grimm version or not. Designated numbers are not consistent (Some legends are 398.2, some are 398.25), and the variety of tales is enough to warrant sub-genres for easier finding.
Like everything, I'm just plunging in and hoping that a system that makes sense to me will make sense to others. I have a new colleague taking over in the elementary library next year. I hope she's keen to tinker with Dewey, too, and make it work FOR us, rather than causing confusion.
These are the kinds of changes that can work in a relatively small collection. We have 25,000 books. It serves over 400 students. It's large for a school library but not huge in the scheme of things. We don't have more than a half shelf of King Arthur tales, for example, so finding the exact King Arthur book needed from a half shelf all labeled the same thing is not a big deal. The whole traditional literature section is big enough, however, for those King Arthur books to get totally lost in the section if they are organized by author.
Other sections like this? Poetry and Animals. Stay tuned!
398.2 = Fairy Tales
398.21 = Folk Tales
398.22 = Tricksters
398.23 = Tall Tales
398.24 = Fables
398.25 = Legends
398.26 = Mythology (not Greek)398.8 = Nursery Rhymes
Some details: Each section will have a SIGN since many of the books are skinny and don't easily show more than one number after the decimal point.
Anthologies in each section are labeled "ANT".
398.2 ANT = Fairy tale anthology
398.27 ANT = Nursery Rhyme anthology
Classic Fairy Tales are grouped by author or "founding author".
For example, "Anderson - AND" or "Grimm - GRI" or Perrault - PER"
They are further divided by title.
For example: 398.2 GRI SNO = Fairy tale / Grimm brothers / Snow White.
Folk Tales are grouped by region, then by author OR by country.
398.21 NA BRU = Folk Tale / Native American / Bruchac
OR, since we have lots of Chinese folk tales, 398.21 ASI CHI.
ASI - Asia
AFR - Africa
EUR - European (RUS for Russian etc.)
NA - Native American
NOR - North American (but not Native American)
OCE - Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific)
SOU - South America (including Central America)
398.22 Tricksters are grouped by character. Some trickster tales, particularly the Native American ones, ended up in the Folk Tale section because I wanted them to stay together by region.
398.22 ANA = Trickster / Anansi
398.22 BRE = Trickster / Brer Rabbit
398.23 Tall Tales are grouped by character.
398.23 ANT = Tall Tale / anthology
398.23 BUN = Tall Tale / John Bunyan
398.23 HEN = Tall Tale / John Henry
398.24 AES = Fables / Aesop
398.24 AES ANT = Fable / Aesop / Ant and Grasshopper
398.24 AES LIO = Fable / Aesop / Lion and the Mouse
Legends are grouped by character or setting
398.25 CAM = Legend / Camelot which includes King Arthur, Lancelot, Excalibur and such.
398.25 ROB = Legend / Robin Hood
398.25 WIL = Legend / William Tell
398.26 Mythology is grouped by region. (Greek myths have their own section in the 292s.)
398.25 NOR = Mythology / Norse.
398.27 Nursery Rhymes are grouped by author (counting "Mother Goose" as an author) then by title. Most in this section are anthologies.
398.27 GOO ANT = Nursery Rhyme / Mother Goose / Anthology
398.27 GOO HEY = Nursery Rhyme / Mother Goose / Hey Diddle Diddle
NOTE: This project is in process, so there will be tinkering along the way. I will post a Part 2 when it's done. Comments welcome!