Sensible UX: People-Friendly Call Numbers

Yes, I know I promised to follow up my job interview post – I got the job, by the way – but that post is proving to take much longer to write than anticipated. Sorry about that.

When we think about user experience (UX) in libraries, we often think about library websites, electronic resources, databases, and other web-based products. Sensible UX can even carry over into our cataloguing practices. Allow me to illustrate:

nonsense Dewey Decimal number

This is a catalogue record from Vancouver Public Library. It’s your run of the mill Dewey Decimal System call number. It makes sense to cataloguers and library staff (though I’ve pretty much forgotten how to construct a Dewey number from scratch), but it doesn’t always make sense to the public.

screen capture of library record

This is a record from the same catalogue, but of a different title. Notice the change in the call number? I’m not sure when the library decided to do this, but I’m ever so glad it has. From an average person’s perspective, this call number made up of the medium (TV) and name of the show (HOU) makes far more sense than a seemingly random assortment of numbers.

Well done, us.