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This presentation was presented to a group of students who are training to become Library Assistants at OLMC. It's a basic introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification.

This presentation was presented to a group of students who are training to become Library Assistants at OLMC. It's a basic introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification.

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  • 1. OLMC LibraryAssistant training Introduction to Dewey Decimal System 23rd April 2012
  • 2.  Do you know which numbers are given to different topics? Do you know who invented the system?
  • 3. What is Dewey decimal system? organises non-fiction & reference resources each subject is given a number and the books and other items are arranged on the shelves in number order, according to their topic.
  • 4. Melville Dewey 1851-1931 Worked as a library assistant in a college library to help pay for his education. At 21 (1873) he invented the system that is now used to classify books and other items including internet resources, in libraries around the world. Known as the Dewey Decimal Classification system it organises information into 10 main subject areas.
  • 5. How Dewey organised information 000 General Knowledge Almanacs, encyclopedias, new media, computers 100 Psychology & Philosophy Information about death & dying, ethics (ways of behaving), feelings, logic (about thinking) 200 Religions & Mythology Religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Bibles. 300 Social Sciences & Folklore Careers (occupations or jobs) , transport, environment and recycling, about families, how governments work, community, money. 400 Languages & Grammar Languages spoken including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, sign languages & dictionaries.
  • 6. 500 Maths & Natural ScienceMaths, Animals, Chemistry, Dinosaurs, Fish, Geology,Insects, Physics, Planets and Plants600 Medicine & TechnologyComputers, inventions, Engineering, Farming, Health,Human Body, Manufacturing, Nutrition700 Arts & RecreationArchitecture, Crafts, Drawing, Games, Dance, Music,Puppets and kites, Sports800 LiteratureStories, Plays, Poetry, and all about the authors who wrotethem.900 Geography & HistoryBiographies, Countries of the world and travel, Australia,information about wars, Atlases.
  • 7.  Dewey divided the 10 subject areas into smaller topics. Each topic has its own special number 500s are divided into 520, 520, 530 … Each of the 10s is divided into 510, 511, 512 … A decimal point is an even more specific sign of what the book is about
  • 8. Here’s how Dewey divided 590s Suppose you are looking for a book on butterflies500 Natural sciences590 Zoology (animals)595 Other invertebrates (animals w/o backbones)595.7 Insects595.78 Lepidoptera (moths & butterflies)595.789 Butterflies
  • 9. CALL NUMBERS The Dewey numbers form part of the call number of a book 1st three letters of the author’s surname follows Call number – ‘address’ of the book on the shelves The call number for a book on mammals by J.S. Brown would be 599 BRO
  • 10. Fiction & faction collectionSeparate collections exist for: Junior fiction (blue/white labels) Senior fiction (pink labels) Graphic novels Biographies/autobiographies Picture fiction Class sets (yellow labels)
  • 11. Cataloguing Fiction Organised by collection location (junior, senior, picture) Then first three letters of author’s surname. EG:Stephenie Meyer = MEY Books by the same author appear in alphabetical order on the shelf
  • 12. Now it’s your turn …In pairs organise a set of fiction and non-fiction books as they would appear in shelf order on the tables.Ask Ms Roache or myself for assistanceWe will check when you are completed