23:17 Travish: Why are books about aliens in non-fiction?
23:18 East Coast Chat Reference Libarian: Hi
23:18 Travish: Does it mean that aliens are REAL?
23:19 ECCRL: That’s an interesting question. Science Fiction books about aliens are in the fiction collection. The ones in nonfiction are written as hypotheses
23:20 ECCRL: In general those book are written as something that is possible/hypothetical
23:20 ECCRL: There are lots of fictional stories in the nonfiction collection
23:21 ECCRL: Fairy tales, for example, are usually in the nonfiction, with call number 398.2
23:21 ECCRL: Mythology is also in nonfiction
23:21 Travish: I thought fiction was fake and non-fiction was real.
23:21 ECCRL: Nope. Plays and poetry are also in the nonfiction collections in most libraries
23:22 Travish: Oh ok.
23:22 ECCRL: Everything in the fiction section is made up
23:22 ECCRL: But some fictional works are given Dewey decimal numbers and put in the nonfiction sectin
23:22 ECCRL: section
23:23 ECCRL: You can actually put ALL fiction in the nonfiction section. It would all be crammed together in the 800 call number range, and no one would be happy
23:24 Travish: I wouldn’t mind. Most of the fiction books I read are by Lynne Reid Banks or Susan Cooper, so as long as I could find them it would be good
23:25 ECCRL: At most colleges, the fiction is given a regular call number
23:25 ECCRL: Does that info help?
23:26 Travish: Wow, the 800 section must be really crowded in colleges
23:26 Travish: Yes, Mr. Matthews laughed at me for saying that aliens are real because their books are in non-fiction. Now I can impress him with my new knowledge!
23:26 ECCRL: 🙂
23:26 ECCRL: At most colleges, they use a different system
23:26 ECCRL: It’s called the Library of Congress classification system
23:26 ECCRL: It has more options because it uses letters and numbers
23:27 Travish: Wow! That’s something else I can tell Mr. Matthews!!
23:28 ECCRL: King of Shadows, by Susan Cooper has call number PZ7.C7878 Ki 1999
23:28 ECCRL: at (Censored)’s library
23:30 Travish: Nice! As long as it’s not the Boggart
23:30 ECCRL: Remember, too, that you can have a nonfiction book about a fictional topic
23:30 Travish: Now that just blows my mind
23:31 Travish: THANK you for your help. My name is Travish. I must go now.
23:32 ECCRL: Bye! Nice chatting with you
When I told Mr. Matthews about all of this, he told me that I spend “too much time in the libary,” probably because I “have to do so much community service.” That’s a LOW BLOW Mr. Mathhews!!