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Dewey Know Where to Go?

Melvil Dewey largely created library science and is known as the "Father of Modern Librarianship." Without the Dewey Decimal System, each library would have to create its own system at vast expense.

The Dewey Decimal System organizes information into 10 broad areas, which are broken into smaller and smaller topics. Different topics are assigned numbers, known as "call numbers."

Dewey's innovation was to combine a numbering system with classification by topic. However, the numbers didn't indicate a shelf but rather a field of knowledge,the consolidation of diverse ideas, a location relative to other books, a broad division of knowledge into basic categories to which numbers were then assigned-- these are the numbers to the left of the decimal point. It is then easy to add new subjects by dividing the original categories into progressively finer gradations — these are the numbers to the right of the decimal point. Come check out our Dewey Know Where To Go display during the month of July and check out some interesting categories to read up on.