Dewey Decimal System

Dewey Decimal System

I have been a frequent visitor of my local library since I was a very young girl. I learned to use the Dewey Decimal System by using our library’s card file system. I loved going through the card file and finding the resources I needed. As they moved all their resources to computers, I began to forget the system and the importance of the organazitiaon that Dewey provides.

Just what is the Dewey Decimal system and where did it begin? Several years ago, I attended a library program with my sons that our librarians presented to us on the system.. We learned tht it was started by Melville Dewey who came up with the system for categorizing books in his library in 1876. His system caught on and soon other libraries becgan using the system. These days the system is utilized in over one hundred countries. We learned that the system is just as useful now on the computer as it was when I was using the old card file in our small town library.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center offers the following online tour of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system and offers and explanation on how the system can be used to organize almost anything. http://www.oclc.org/dewey/resources/tour/

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