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Dewey Decimal Presentation
Transcript of Dewey Decimal Presentation
Do you know this man?
This is Melvil Dewey and back in the 1800's he used to work in a library. Jealous, much?
When he would try to find a book he would go cuckoo-bananas
because every library organized non-fiction books with a different system.
So old Melvil decided to create a universal system to find books and he called it....
(when you invent things you get to name them after yourself)
Dewey decided to organize books in groups that had similar subjects, and he assigned each group a number, like this...
So, how does it work?
020- Library & information science
030- General encyclopedias
040- Not used
050-General serial publications
070- Journalism, publishing, media
090-Manuscripts & rare books
100's- Philosophy and Psychology
140- Philosophical Schools
180- Ancient, medieval, Oriental philosophy
190- Modern western philosophy
210- Philosophy & theory of religion
240- Christian moral & devotional theology
250- Christian orders & local church
260- Social & ecclesiastical theology
270- History of Christianity & Christian sects
280- Christian denominations
290- Comparative religion & other religions
300's- Social Sciences
320- Political science
350- Public administration & military science
360- Social programs & services
390- Customs, etiquette, folklore
420- English & Old English
450- Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic
460- Spanish & Portuguese
490- Other languages
500's- Natural Sciences & Math
550- Earth Sciences
570- Life Sciences
600's- Technology & Applied Sciences
640- Home Economics
660- Chemical Engineering
680- Manufacture for specific purposes
700's- Art, Sports, Recreation
710- Civic & landscape art
730- Plastic arts
740- Drawing & decorative art
760- Graphic Arts
790- Recreation, performing arts, sports
800's- Literature & Rhetoric
820- English & Old English
850- Italian, Romanian
860- Spanish, Portuguese
890- Other Languages
900's- Geography, History, Biography
910- Geography, travel
920- Biography, genealogy, insignia
930- Ancient world
970- North America
980- South America
990- Other Areas
Say you are assigned a project that requires a book on the Titanic.
Or you want to learn how to make friendship bracelets.
Or you are dying to know more about the Red Sox.
So what? SO WHAT???
Imagine the world WITHOUT the Dewey Decimal System! That means when you go searching for your book on the Titanic, friendship bracelets, or the Red Sox, it's going to look a lot like this...
We have 10,000 non-fiction books. No joke.
Does that mean you should go memorize THIS....
No, silly. You have more important things to do. Instead, use our
online card catalog, Destiny Quest. It will tell you your book's Dewey Decimal number. Then, look for the number on the book's spine label.
The call number is usually three or more numbers (from their Dewey Decimal category, of course) and the first three letters of the author's last name.
It's like your book's address!
These books are about art--the 700's!
Now you can find your book on the Titanic...
Or learn how to make friendship bracelets...
Or find out everything about the Red Sox...
So, that's Dewey...
and he makes our lives a whole lot easier.
Images borrowed from:
910's--geography & travel!
640's --Home Ec!