5th September 2019

Over the summer the Library Team at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) began an intense project to reclassify a large proportion of the Library’s resources from Bliss Classification to Dewey Decimal Classification. In addition they also oversaw the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to the Library, which involved upgrading security and self-service equipment. Over a nine week period 107,745 resources were reclassified and 135,157 were fitted with an RFID tag. The majority of the reclassified stock also moved shelves – some by a few feet and some by an entire floor—and book spines now display the first three letters of the author’s surname, so they can be arranged first by shelfmark, then in author order. Emma Sansby, Head of Library Services at BGU, discussed the motivation behind the project and expressed her thanks for the support her team received from across the University: “Thanks to this project our resources are now easier to locate and, thanks to the new RFID technology, much faster to check-out. The project was completed on time and under-budget, largely down to an epic amount of work on the part of the library team, the patience and understanding of our users, invaluable support from colleagues in the IT Services and Estates teams, and the professionalism and efficiency of key external partners, most notably The Tagging Team Ltd and OCLC Inc.” If you’d like more information about the changes speak to a member of the library team or for more about Dewey Decimal Classification visit the Library’s LibGuides site.