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Dewey Decimal Classification System

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  • 1. Dewey Decimal Classification 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
    • Philosophy – 100
    • Religion – 200
    • Social Science – 300
    • Language – 400
    • Science & Math – 500
    • Technology – 600
    • The Arts – 700
    • Literature – 800
    • Geography & History - 900
    Brings order to the massive amount of world knowledge
  • 5. You Can Judge A Book by Its Cover!
    • The Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be found on the spine label.
    • Why?
    • When the book is shelved, the Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be easily seen.
    500 Lee 200Bya 000 Mea
  • 6. Generalities - 000
    • Encyclopedias
    • News media
    • Rare Books
    Encyclopedias, References
  • 7. Philosophy - 100
    • Paranormal phenomena
    • Psychology
    • Logic
    Man thinks
  • 8. Religion - 200
    • Bible
    • History of Christianity
    • Other Religions
    About God
  • 9. Social Science - 300
    • Law
    • Education
    • Folklore
    About man’s neighbors
  • 10. Language - 400
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Other Languages
    Man talks with other men
  • 11. Natural Science & Math - 500
    • Mathematics
    • Earth sciences
    • Plants
    • Animals
    Man discovers all that is around him
  • 12. Technology – 600
    • Medicine
    • Agriculture
    • Family living
    Man makes useful things
  • 13. The Arts - 700
    • Drawing
    • Music
    • Recreational & performing arts
    Man makes beautiful things
  • 14. Literature - 800
    • American Literature
    • Old English Literature
    • Literatures of Other Languages
    Man writes
  • 15. Geography & History - 900
    • Geography
    • Biographies
    • Ancient History
    Man writes about travel, people, and events
  • 16. Flashback! 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:
    • Information on the Dewey Decimal Classification taken from:
    • Weisburg, H. & Toor, R. Teacher’s Portfolio of Library Skills Lessons & Activities (1985). The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc.
    http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us&cag=1

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