Welcome to the site for Metis: Library Classification for Children

Metis puts children first.

Metis is a flexible, intuitive and child-friendly system of library categorization. It uses whole language, visual cues, and logic that reflects children's own experiences. It puts the child in the center of his or her own search.

Our decision to create Metis is a result of our progressive approach to education and the library. The system isn't a cut-down version of adult thinking. Kids feel empowered to navigate the library because it is organized in a way that they understand. Metis increases the success rate of finding books, which fosters self-reliance and produces joyous discovery.

We have named the system in honor of the crafty Titan who is the mother of Athena and the eternal source of good advice for Zeus.
Take a look at our blog, Musings on Metis, to read and comment on the issues. Click on Metis Schedules to get the full classification schedule for Metis in PDF form. Thank you for your interest in Metis---we'd like to hear from you!

Find our blog at http://eye-fours.blogspot.com/

Email us at iwantmetis at gmail.com.

About Us

We are four librarians who worked together some years ago as a creative team at Ethical Culture School in New York City.
Over the spring and summer of 2011 we devised an alternative to the Dewey Decimal System; Metis is our new Categorization system designed from the child's perspective.

Tali Balas Kaplan, Andrea Dolloff, Sue Giffard, & Jennifer Still-Schiff