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  • Doing Dewey The keys to shelving nonfiction.
    • HCPL uses the Dewey Decimal System classification scheme to shelve nonfiction books. Movies, and Audiobooks.
    • The goal of this classification scheme is to put books on the same subject together on the shelf.
    • The Dewey number is sometimes called the “Call Number”.
  • How it works
    • There are three components to the Dewey number
    • DVD 741.107 A
    • For adult nonfiction books, there will not be a collection indicator
    Collection Dewey number First letter of author’s last name
  • There are 10 main subject classifications Geography and History 900 Literature 800 Arts 700 Technology (Applied Science) 600 Natural Science and Mathematics 500 Language 400 Social Science 300 Religion 200 Philosophy and Psychology 100 Generalities 000 Subject Dewey number class
  • Within each class, numbers get more specific
    • For a book on butterflies by Brochard, the dewey number would grow like this
    Butterflies 595.789 Lepidoptera 595.78 Insects 595.7 Other invertebrates 595 Zoological sciences 590 Natural Science 500
    • Items may have a long Dewey number. Each digit helps narrow down the subject that the book is about. (Just wait until you see the Fairy Tale collection!)
  • Can there be two books with the same Dewey number?
    • Yes!
    • In some libraries, there is an additional number, called the Cutter number, that is used to give each book a unique call number. However, HCPL does not use this method.
  • Shelving items in Dewey Order
    • In the Dewey Decimal system, items are filed digit by digit, not by the whole number. This means that our book on butterflies (595.789 B) would come after 595.0123 and before 595.9.
  • Here is another example in Dewey order. 331.2 331.198 331.1 331.042 331.0413 331.041 331.02 331.016 331.01 331
  • Another way to think of the digits to the right of the decimal is to pretend that they are all the same length 331.2000 331.1980 331.1000 331.0420 331.0413 331.0410 331.0200 331.0160 331.0100 331.0000
  • After the decimal numbers comes the first letter of the author’s last name
    • If there is no author, the letter will be from the first word of the title (not including a, the, or an).
    641.65 H 641.594 Q 641.594 M 641.555 R 641.5 W 641.5 C 641 B
  • How to shelve two books with the same call number
    • If the books are by two different authors, shelve the books alphabetically by author.
    • If the books are by the same author, shelve them alphabetically by title.
  • Now that you can Do Dewey, let’s practice
    • Now go to Order in the library 4.0 and become an expert
    • http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valmstrum/s2s/utopia/library4/src/library4.html
  • References
    • Chelmsford Public Library The Dewey Decimal System & Other Items at the Chelmsford Library http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/reference/handouts/DeweyShelving.pdf