Are There Any Popular Alternatives to the Dewey Decimal System?

Are There Any Popular Alternatives to the Dewey Decimal System?

Are There Any Popular Alternatives to the Dewey Decimal System?

Dewey Decimal System alternatives include Book Industry Standards and Communications, a keyword-based system the commercial book industry uses, and PIM for non-fiction materials, states the Public Library Association. Maricopa County, Arizona libraries now use Book Industry Standards and Communications, giving library patrons an experience similar to visiting a familiar bookstore.

More than 400 small-scale libraries in the Netherlands have adopted PIM, which uses a combination of keywords and color-coded pictograms. PIM is specifically designed for libraries with non-fiction collections of up to 15,000 items. As of 2015, PIM is only available in Dutch.

To accommodate its library customers, the Markham Public Library in Ontario, Canada created a completely new numerically based local system to substitute for the Dewey Decimal System.