Cheese Making? Really?

While the Dewey Decimal System may work, it’s far from perfect.

Example:
636.5- Farm animals, how to raise animals, etc.
636.7- Dogs as pets, training, etc.
636.8- Cats as pets, training, etc.
637.3- Cheese making
638- Beekeeping
639.3- Fish as pets, aquariums, etc.

Cheese making? Really?

(This observation courtesy of The Bookslinger.)

4 thoughts on “Cheese Making? Really?

  1. Why is that weird? It’s the section on caring for and using animals, and farms tend to have cows/goats/sheep, all of which produce milk we like for cheese… I’ll give that maybe it would be better as a sub-subcategory of 636.5, but I don’t think you can do that anyway, right? I’m more versed in Elsie, so I don’t know the nuances of Dewey.

    • You know, you’re right! That’s not nearly as absurd as I thought at first. I really shouldn’t laugh at things I don’t understand at all. 🙂

      Honest question, though: Why categorize cheese-making in the 630s, butchering in the 640s, and leather-tanning in the 670s when they’re all ways of processing ag products?

      I suppose “How do we classify this?” is one of those questions that has several possible answers, and that any one classification isn’t going to seem equally sensible to every library scientist…or ignorant patron.

      Thanks for the interaction!
      KP

      • Oh, of course. As soon as one subcategory of cataloging makes sense, the rest falls to pieces. I guess that’s what we get for being evolving humans who come across new topics of interests, new technologies, and new inventions all the time. :-p

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