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But what about books that come with a call number that I feel will relegate the book to the status of buried treasure, where no one will find it? What about the Guiness World Records, which the students LOVE, but will never find under its 031 call number? That one they can at least ask for by name. But what about a book like Brown Girl Dreaming? Most of them have never heard of the book or Jacqueline Woodson. They are certainly not going to ask for it or for books by or about her and will never find it in the biography section, which is how it came coded to us (and how it's shelved at the NYPL). Why isn't it shelved in poetry? Even there, it's unlikely to be found. Sure, I can promote it, put it on a display, but once it's time to change the display, it disappears again into the recesses of the biography or poetry sections.
Brave Girl, which had a call number in the 300s, for labor history? I changed it to biography, but still... I can't imagine any of our students have heard of Clara Lemlich!
What about this book on women in Congress? It came to us with a call number of 320.08, which is, by all rights, where it belongs. But no one - no one - will find it there. What about the 900s for history? I haven't decided on this one yet...
And why, why, why did Smile come to us with a call number in the 700s? This one was an easy call - it will get a G for graphic novel (as it does in the NYPL).
P.S. About this post's title: you can tell I used to be a lawyer, right?