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Transcript of Dewey Decimal
The man behind the system:
Lived Dec. 10, 1851-Dec. 26, 1931
Born in Adams Center, NY
Founded: American Library Assoc.
Published: Library Journal
Opened: First Library School at Columbia University Trivia Melvil Dewey liked making things easier.
He wanted to make spelling easier and is responsible for changing the spelling of many works. (Colour to color, wanted to change ice cream to Ys cream)
He founded the Lake Placid Club and helped bring the olympics to Lake Placid. Dewey Decimal System:
Modeled after structure proposed by Sir Francis Bacon
Dewey copyrighted it in 1876
Not all books in the Dewey system are non-fiction
Fiction books would actually be classified 813
Use the call number - it will contain numbers and letters Call Numbers
Everybody books:(by Author)
Non-fiction:(Subject, then Author)
Dewey organized the Library into areas by using questions a caveman might ask himself. 000's
Before I begin
(Actually added later)
Books with information about many subjects
Unexplained phenomenon 100's
Who am I?
Man thinks about himself (Philosophy & Psychology)
Who made me?
Religion and Mythology:
Greek Mythology 300's
Who is in the next cave?
Thinking about other people (Social Science)
Etiquette (please/thank you)
How can I make them understand me?
Communicating with others (Languages)
Books in other languages
Language dictionaries 500's
How can I understand nature/the world around me?
Understanding the land, sea and sky (Natural Sciences)
How can I use what I know about nature?
Applied science and useful arts (Technology)
How can I enjoy my leisure time?
Fine arts and recreation:
How can I leave a record for my children of man's heroic deeds?
Leaving stories for others to read (Literature in many languages)
How can I leave a record for men of the future?
Writing about events that occurred everywhere and the people participating in those events (Geography, History, Biography)