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What “Dewey” Know about the Dewey Decimal System?
- It was invented by Melvil Dewey (kind of the father of modern public libraries), who was born on December 10, 1851.
- The Dewey Decimal classification system first appeared in U.S. libraries in 1876.
- It organizes non-fiction books and materials.
- It helps patrons browse more easily for books since it’s organized by topic, not by the order in which the library bought the book.
- It’s organized into 10 main “classes” (i.e. categories).000 Computer science, information & general works100 Philosophy & psychology200 Religion300 Social sciences400 Language500 Science600 Technology700 Arts & recreation800 Literature900 History & geography
- Each class is divided into another 10 sections, which can also be subdivided.
- The book’s call number is the Dewey number plus letter(s) from the author’s last name.
- Call numbers work across languages, ages and libraries in the US and around the world.
- The system has been revised multiple times since 1876, but is still