Dewey Decimal System

Notes on the Dewey Decimal System.

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The Dewey Decimal System/Classification
"A system used by libraries to classify publications into subject categories; the subject is
indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a
decimal point; publications are shelved by number."
Created by Melvil Dewey in 1876:
Born December 10, 1851 in New York
Full name Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey
Graduated from Amherst College and was their acting librarian
1876 he outlined his Dewey Decimal Classification system for cataloging books and library
He was a founder of the American Library Association, the Library Journal and he set up
the first US institution for training librarians.
Died in 1931
The system is used in 200,000 libraries in at least 135 countries.
The DDS organizes all knowledge into ten main classes. They are:
000 ­ Computer science, information and general works
100 ­ Philosophy and psychology
200 ­ Religion
300 ­ Social sciences
400 ­ Language
500 ­ Science (including mathematics)
600 ­ Technology and applied science
700 ­ Arts and recreation
800 ­ Literature
900 ­ History and geography
In Chapter 2, Jem says "I'm just trying to tell you with the new way they're teaching the first
grade, stubborn. It's the Dewey Decimal System." to describe Miss Caroline's classroom
methods. This reference is an authorial joke. Jem is mistakenly using the term when he in fact
is confusing this with the works of American philosopher, psychologist and educational
reformer John Dewey, and must have picked this up from listening to one of the adult's


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