Clay Shirky came to prominence to some extent because of his observations about library classification system many years ago, calling it full of “all kinds of odd mappings between the categories and the world they describe.”

A more entertaining form of criticism can be found in this clip from the Two Ronnies.

Obviously, this was before Google.

(Hat tip to Joe Esposito’s Twitter stream for the link.)

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


2 Thoughts on "Red, Green, and Blue — The Library Classification System Parody"

Very funny, but this is not only before Google, but before Library automation, and subject classification

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