Dewey Decimal System of Library Classification OR How To Find a Book in the Library By Christy Lightholder MEDT 6463
What if……? you had only 5 minutes to go into your library and find a book on spiders? First… you must search through 10, 000 – 20, 000 books. Could you do it in just 5 minutes?
Sure you could! With a little help from Dewey…. . but you are thinking -“Who is this strange man and how can he help me find a book on spiders? ”
Objectives: • Who was Melvil Dewey? • What do these terms mean? The 3 C’s: Class, Call number and Catalog • What are the 10 subject areas of classification?
Melvil Dewey • Was born in 1851. • Was a librarian who loved math. • Developed the classification system used today in the library. • Grouped books together, so you can browse by subject.
Class The Three C’s Dewey made ten main classes or subject areas. Books are grouped on shelves together by their subject for easy browsing.
The Three C’s Call number Books have a number on their spine that is similar to other books in their class so that you can easily find them. This is located over the letters from the author’s last name. What is the call number on this book?
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Catalog The Three C’s Is a list of the books that can be found in the library. The catalog is usually located on the computers in the library. What is the name of our school catalog?
The 10 Main Classes Generalities – 000 Philosophy – 100 Religion – 200 Social Science – 300 Language – 400 Science & Math – 500 Technology – 600 The Arts – 700 Literature – 800 Geography & History - 900 Here we go!
100’s Philosophy Books about us.
200’s Religion Who made me?
300’s Social Science Who is my neighbor?
400’s Language How do I communicate with my neighbors?
500’s Science and Math What will I talk about? (natural sciences)
600’s Technology What will I do with science? (applied sciences)
700’s The Arts Time for a break! What will I do for FUN?
800’s Literature Time to get serious again: Authors and books that make me who I am.
900’s Geography & History Who, what, where, when, why? How did everything happen?
000’s Generalities We didn’t forget this one! This is for everything else with room to grow.
What about Fiction Books? There are so many fiction books that most of them are classified together alphabetically by the author’s last name.
Celebrate Learning! • Visit the Dewey Decimal Glog for a video and printable handout http: //lightholdercj. glogster. com/false-473/ • Order in the Library Online Game http: //users. ece. utexas. edu/~valmstrum/s 2 s/utopia/library 4/src/library 4. html
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