SCIS cataloguing standards update: Dewey or don’t we?

There has been some discussion at SCIS about how schools treat picture books that rhyme. It has been SCIS practice to classify stories in rhyme picture books as poetry, with each book allocated a Dewey Decimal number. However, feedback in workshops and surveys indicate that this did not reflect the preferred classification in schools.

The Information Services Standards Committee (ISSC) meets regularly to discuss and make revisions to the SCIS Standards for Cataloguing and Data Entry, and this issue was recently discussed during a teleconference with the committee. The decision was made on behalf of the ISSC to classify stories in rhyme picture books as fiction, intending to make browsing easier for students and staff in schools. This will also save you the time spent changing the classifications manually.

If you have any questions about this update, please contact

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Nicole is the Communications & Projects Coordinator at SCIS. She is the editor of Connections, and is interested in advocating for school libraries everywhere.

5 thoughts on “SCIS cataloguing standards update: Dewey or don’t we?”

  1. This is great news! I’ve always felt these books were out of place in the poetry section. Good decision!

  2. I am attempting to answer question 6 of the survey and can not get past it.

    I get the following message – ! Please enter a positive number, eg. one person working full time and one working part-time would be entered as 1.5
    I am entering 1.0 (TL field) and 0.8 (lib tech field). I have tried leaving the other fields: a) blank, b)with 0 in them and c) 0.0 in them; but still get the error message.

  3. Hi Amanda, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’ve made some changes to the question, and you should be able to complete it now. Please let me know if you encounter any other issues. Regards, Nicole.

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