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How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More Like Bookstores

KQED News Mind/Shift – Gail Cornwall

“Under the Dewey Decimal System that revolutionized and standardized book shelving starting in 1876, nonfiction essentially already gets the genrefication treatment with, for example, Music located in the 780s and Paleontology in the 560s. Yet most fiction is shelved in one big clump alphabetized by author’s last name. Under this rubric, a child who liked “The Hunger Games” could find its sequel nearby, but they’d need sophisticated search skills to identify “Divergent” as similar and then find it using a call number. Many librarians say the “search hurdle” imposed by Dewey classification (a system originally designed for adults) significantly reduces the odds of a child finding something new they’re likely to enjoy. In a genrefied library, on the other hand, a young reader standing near a favorite book need only stick out a hand to find more like it. (It’s a bit like the analog version of Amazon’s recommendation feature: “Customers who bought this item also bought”).” (more)

Use Science Fiction to Teach STEM, Inspire Innovation

Education World – Jason Cunningham

“The United States lags behind other nations when it comes to students’ STEM achievement, but one science-fiction fan and author is trying to change that. Inspired by the science and tech-enabled adventures of the Starship Enterprise crew, “Star Trek” fan Matthew Kadish sees storytelling as the key to getting students interested in STEM subjects.”(more)

The Scientific Reasons Why Students Need to Read Fiction

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Does reading fiction have any impact on students brains? Neuroscience has an unexpected answer to this. A recent neuro-scientific research posted in New York Times reveals that reading stories with detailed descriptions and complicated plots written in an evocative and emotional language full of metaphors and other figures of speech does stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.”(more)