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Dewey Decimal Classification System Developed by Karen Ward Library Media Specialist Eichold-Mertz Elementary School

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  • 1. Dewey Decimal Classification System Developed by Karen Ward Library Media Specialist Eichold-Mertz Elementary School

2. Who created theDewey Decimal Classification System ?

  • Melvil Deweywas born on December 10, 1851
  • Melvil Deweycreated the number order system for library books when he was 21 years old.
  • Melvil Deweystarted the first school for librarians.

3. Ten Main Classifications in DeweysSystem

  • The worlds knowledge is divided into10categories 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, Myths

About God 9. Social Science - 300

  • Law
  • Education
  • Folklore

About mans 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 abouttravel, people, andevents 16. Flashback!What Do You Remember?

  • Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System?
  • What does the DDCS do for our library?
  • How manymainclassifications 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.Teachers Portfolio of Library SkillsLessons & Activities(1985). The Center for Applied Research inEducation, Inc.

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