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Dewey Decimal System

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  • 1. Dewey DecimalClassification System
  • 2. Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System?• Melvil Dewey was born on December 10, 1851• Melvil Dewey created the number order system for library books when he was 21 years old.• Melvil Dewey started the first school for librarians.
  • 3. Ten Main Classifications in Dewey’s System• The world’s knowledge is divided into 10 categories or groups.• Each group has a main title and is represented by three numbers.
  • 4. The Big Ten!• Generalities – 000 • Science & Math – 500• Philosophy – 100 • Technology – 600• Religion – 200 • The Arts – 700• Social Science – • Literature – 800 300 • Geography & History - 900• Language – 400
  • 5. You Can Judge A Book by It’s Cover! • The Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be found on the spine label. • Why? • When the book is 000 200 500 shelved, the Dewey Mea Bya Lee Decimal Classification call number can be easily seen.
  • 6. Generalities - 000• Encyclopedias• News media• Rare Books Encyclopedias, Reference Books
  • 7. Philosophy - 100• Paranormal phenomena• Psychology• Logic
  • 8. Religion - 200• Bible• History of Christianity• Other Religions
  • 9. Social Science - 300• Law• Education• Folklore
  • 10. Language - 400• English• Spanish• Other Languages
  • 11. Natural Science & Math - 500• Mathematics• Earth sciences• Plants• Animals
  • 12. Technology – 600• Medicine• Agriculture• Family living
  • 13. The Arts - 700• Drawing• Music• Recreational & performing arts
  • 14. Literature - 800• American Literature• Old English Literature• Literatures of Other Languages
  • 15. Geography & History - 900• Geography• Biographies• Ancient History
  • 16. Review What Do You Remember?• Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System?• What does the DDCS do for our library?• How many main classifications are there?• Where do you find the DDCS number on a library book?
  • 17. Resources Used…All clipart taken from the Microsoft Clipart web site: http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us&cag=1Information on the Dewey Decimal Classification taken from: Weisburg, H. & Toor, R. Teacher’s Portfolio of LibrarySkills Lessons & Activities (1985). The Center forApplied Research in Education, Inc.