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Dewey Decimal classifications

an "elementary" description of where information books live in the library
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Mary Kreikemeier

on 16 April 2011

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Information Texts:
How "Dewey"
arrange them? We like order.
So we sort things. Which of these is sorted? Dewey rap? Sure! 000
Generalities
(this means:
miscellaneous, not
specific or definite)

Books about:
computer programming
libraries
news media
journalism Melville Dewey worked in a college library in Massachusetts. He wondered if there might be a way to organize information books using numbers. He invented the Dewey Decimal System and copyrighted it in 1876. Other librarians thought organizing books this way was a good idea. Most of our school libraries today use the Dewey Decimal system. Let's see how it works.. 100
Philosophy
(a system of principles
for guidance in
practical matters)

and Psychology
(science of the mind)

Books about:
space
time
dreams
ghosts
logic
ethics 200
Religion
(set of beliefs related
to cause, nature and
purpose of the universe.)

God
prophets
books of faith
churches
practices of faith
Greek myths 300
Social Science
(study of society and social behavior)

communities
politics
money matters
law
crime
education
transportation
customs
folklore 400
Language
(spoken word)

speaking
writing
sign language
languages
English
German
French
Italian
Spanish
Latin
Greek
from East and Southeast Asia
from Africa
from South America
from North America 500
Science
(understanding the world though observing and experimenting)

and Math
(the science of numbers and so much more)

math topics
science topics
electricity
magnetism
minerals
fossils
dinosaurs
plants
birds
mammals
WILD animals 700
Arts
(to express what is beautiful appealing, or has more than ordinary significance)

landscape
sculpture
graphic novels
art how-to books
drawing
painting
engraving
photography
vocal music
instruments
games
jokes and riddles
athletics 800
Literature
(writing ideas that last a long
time and interest many people)

poetry
drama
essays
letters
speeches
satire
(may be divided by language or country) 900
Geography
(study of earth's surface, atmosphere, and people)
and History
(past events)

world history
geography
ancient world
Europe
Asia
Africa
North America
South America
general histories
of various regions
States of U.S.A. 92
Biography
(a written account of a person's life)
920
Collective Biographies
(tells life story of several people who had something in common)

Biographies are shelved in ABC order by the last name of the person you wish to know more about, for example:

Lincoln, Abraham
Rowling, J.K. 600
Technology
(knowledge of the way that technical means relate to life, people, and society)

and Applied Science
(apply scientific knowledge to practical problems)

inventions
medicine
diseases
engineering
agriculture
animals - PETS
insects
personal living
clothing
buildings Tomorrow?
The shelves... Books were divided into 10 big categories,
then divided, then divided again. We use numbers from 000 to 999 and sometimes we add decimals behind that. The numbers are a clue to what the book is about. Two books with numbers that match mean that both books are about the same topic. Here are the big categories along with a few of the subjects that might be on those shelves. These big numbers are also on markers in our library to help you know what is what and to more easily locate books! Giving credit where credit is due...

Images retrieved from Flickr.com (all allow Creative Commons Usage)
Jello Brain by by skpy (Scott) taken March 2, 2009.
No En.- Just Cyclopedia. by quinn.anya (Quinn Dombrowski) taken February 18, 2008.
A Prayer in Wat Pho by Bo47 (Bo Nielsen) taken July 27, 2008.
Planes Trains and Automobiles by Mike Miley taken March 17, 2010.
In Every Language by Living OS taken May 8, 2008.
Bio Lab by Amy Loves Yah taken April 15, 2010.
math's black fabric by Scrummy Things (Sharon Turner) taken August 23, 2010.
Computers, B&W by Kevin Zollman taken November 11, 2005.
crayon scan by lokate366 taken February 3, 2008.
books by Shutterhacks (Chris) taken August 27, 2008.
world on a string by kretyenKen Bosma taken March 14, 2009.
silhouette by aprile24 Antonio Felleca taken May 23, 2009.

Melvil Dewey image:
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