A Short Story About Dewey. Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey. Born December 10, 1851 His intense interest in simplified spelling caused him to once change his name to Melvil Dui Established the American Library Association in 1876 Co-founded and edited Library Journal. Melvil Dewey.
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Some years ago, Melvil Dewey devised a system for classifying books. The system has come into use all around the world.
It has been explained that he devised the system by imagining himself as a prehistoric or primitive man and asked himself questions he believed such a man would ask.
This presentation demonstrates those questions in a manner designed to entertain as well as educate.
It has become known as the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Philosophy and Psychology
Man thinks about himself.
Man thinks about his Creator.
Man thinks about other people.
Philology – Language
Man learns to communicate with othersthrough words and signs.
Man learns to understand the
nature of air, land, and sea.
Applied Science/Useful Arts
Primitive man learned about fire and how to
make weapons; over time, he also learned about
the wheel, medicine, planting crops,
cooking food, building useful structures,
and how to make things to ease our burdens.
Fine Arts and Recreation
As time passes, man learns about painting
pictures, creating music, as well
as dancing to music, playing games,
Sports, and hunting.
Man becomes a storyteller; he creates
sagas, fables, epics, poems, plays about
relatives, friends, and characters; he
writes for others to read, learn, and enjoy.
Man writes about what happened, where ithappened, and who made it happen.
The numbers up to 100 are used for books aboutbooks, and for books that contain informationon many subjects such as encyclopedias,dictionaries, atlases, and other reference books;– much of the sorts of books one would find in thereference section of the library.
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