Here is an excerpt from the Planet Catalog blog from the Thingology (LibraryThing’s ideas blog): Open Shelves Classification: First draft live and at ALA Midwinter post on the status of the Open Shelves Classification project:
“…Back in July I blogged to start something called the Open Shelves Classification, a free, crowdsourced alternative to the Dewey Decimal System, and created a Group for it. Soon afterward two librarians, Laena M. McCarthy of the Pratt Institute and David Conners of Haverford took over leadership of the project. For the past six months they and a growing contingent of LibraryThing members, some librarians, some not, have been working to come up with basic principles and working on pieces and on the numbering system. They’ve also done some interesting work testing the proposed top level against real library records. Much of their work is collected on the Open Shelves Classification Wiki. Laena did a nice post on the OSC on the Public Libary Association blog.
The OSC team has reached some agreement on a first drag of the ‘top level categories,’ some fifty categories that, it is hoped, all books fit into somewhere. And you are invited to help classify works in LibraryThing!…”