Recently, I borrowed the book The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. It is an autobiography of sorts; the author – a journalist – finds herself living in Denmark for a year, and sets out to find out what makes Danes the happiest people in the world. It’s definitely memoir, lifestyle, social experiment.
Why? How is this possible?
Well, it turns out that most libraries classify it as
900 – History and Geography
940 – History of Europe
948 – Scandinavia and Finland
948.9 Denmark and Finland. Trove stops here – 948.9
and then I lose the thread to get to 948.950612. One NSW library uses this specific Dewey number for their electronic copy of the book.
I don’t see this is a history book. It’s definitely about culture.
But this is not where my library classifies it.
My library classifies it as
900 – History and geography
910 – Geography and travel
914.89 – Using table 2 for 4- Europe 48 – Scandinavia – 489 Denmark and Finland
Which means it sits with the travel guides (Lonely Planet Denmark is 914.8904).
To me, another option (less popular but used enough to warrant a mention on Classify) makes more sense.
300 – Social Sciences
306 – Culture and Institutions
306.09 – Social history
306.09489 – From table 2, 4 for Europe, 48 for Scandinavia, 489 for Denmark and Finland
That at least places it in with social customs, rather than travel guides.
The back of the book has a small topic guide – Society/Travel. But it’s primarily society, not travel and definitely not history.
Mystery #2. My local library uses the title (well the first three letters of the title) as the book number, instead of the author like SCIS does. Is this common? I checked two other libraries I’m a member of that Trove listed as having a copy, and they both use “RUSS” for the book number.