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- 1. Do You Know Dewey? Media Specialist: Mrs.. Starr DBMS: Media
2. Dewey Decimal System
- The Dewey Decimal System is a system we use to classify books
by grouping them in 10 categories.
- This system uses a decimal classification system to organize
- I'll bet you're wondering who the brilliant person was who came
up with this idea.
3. Who Invented this System?
- He was born in Adams Center, New York, on
- December 10, 1851 and died December 26, 1931.
- In 1876, he started theAmerican Library Association
- He published the first Library Journal, which included library
trends and book reviews.
- He opened the first library school in 1887 located @ Columbia
4. Dewey Basics 5. Fiction or Non-Fiction
- Fiction - Books that are made up by the author, or are not
true, are fiction.
- Books that are nonfiction, or true,
- are about real things, people, events, and places.
- Fiction books are put on the shelf in alphabetical order by the
author's last name.
- If you wrote a book and your last name was Cleary.If kids liked
your book, they would want to read more of them, so by having your
books in the same place it would make finding them a lot
- Non-Fiction books are shelved by their subject's category.
- For example, if you wanted a book about cars, you would want
them to be in the same area.You wouldn't worry about the author,
you would just want the facts about cars.
8. Books Are Shelved by Call #
- left-to-right, top-to-bottom
- Start at the left on the top shelf, move to the right until the
- Then, you go to the next shelf beneath that and do the same,
left to right, top to bottom.
9. What is a Call Number?
- A call number is a group of numbers and/or letters put together
to tell you where in the library to find your book.
- A call number is located at the bottom of the book on the
- It helps you to find your books quicker.
- Once you've got your call number from SavvyCat, it's time to go
find your book!
10. Dewey Decimal Number
- A Dewey callnumber always has 3 numbers to the left of the
- To the right of the decimal, there is no limit on number.
- The more numbers you add to the right of the decimal, the more
specific the subject is.
001.9 11. Dewey & the Alien
- We are going to tell you how to remember what each of the Dewey
hundreds groups represents.
- One day, while Melvil Dewey was walking in Central Park, he saw
12. They stood staring at each other, and then they got up
enough nerve to ask:
- We thinkabout ourselves:100s - Psychology and Philosophy
13. Melvil and the alien looked at each other with puzzled
expressions and noticed how different they were from each other.As
they stood, they wondered to themselves 14. Dewey realized that the
alien's world must be very different from the United States.He
decided to take him to learn about our government.
- People learn to get along together:300s - Social Sciences
15. Dewey knew that the alien wouldneed to learn how to
communicate with people.
- We communicate with each other.
16. Dewey and the alien began to stroll around, and Dewey
explained life on Planet Earth.
- We learn about Nature and the world aroundus:500s -Natural
17. Dewey explained to the alien that humans have changed Nature
to make life easier.
- How we can make Nature useful?600s - Applied Science
18. Dewey explained to the alien that technology has made life
easier on Planet Earth.It gives us more free time to do what we
want.Dewey and the alien took a spare moment to shoot hoops.
- 700s - Fine Arts and Recreation
19. Dewey told the alien that over the years, with this spare
time, people have written poems, stories, & plays
- Dewey and the alien had a fabulous day.He invited the alien to
visit the library where he worked.Dewey gave him a tour of the
library and explained how his decimal classification system
- While there, they decided to make a memory of their day on
Planet Earth by making a scrapbook.They wrote what will become
history sooner or later - their day together!
- 900s - Geography and History
- As the Alien prepared to leave, he told Dewey, "When I get back
to my planet, I want to group all my books in this new awesome
way.But, which hundred group should I put my scrapbook in?
- Dewey replied, "That's easy!You would put it in the 000s -
General Works.That's where we put encyclopedias because they
contain so much information that you can't describe them in one
- 000s - General Works - Encyclopedias, books about libraries,
museums, journalism, computers, controversial or unexplained