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Dewey Decimal Classification. Faculty In-service. Dear Teachers:. Today, we will be reviewing the Dewey Decimal Classification system as you likely learned in your own schooling.

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### Dewey Decimal Classification

Faculty In-service

Dear Teachers:
• Today, we will be reviewing the Dewey Decimal Classification system as you likely learned in your own schooling.
• We will then take the classification system to the next level by discussing how to classify websites for easy access on our new teacher webpage.
• This PowerPoint will be placed on the intranet server for your reference at a later date.
• You will also be able to use the information here to help your students better use the library for their work in your class.
Dewey Basics
• Dewey proposed that all knowledge could be summarized into 10 main classes.
• His system, developed in 1876, is still used by most K-12 school and public libraries.
• As our knowledge has expanded, the classification scheme has evolved, but all materials still have a place in the system.
Why classify?
• Breaking down resources into categories makes it easier to locate an item.
• Categories are subject driven, making it more likely that the material meets the user’s specific needs.
• An objective, universal system means that users do not have to figure out how each collection is arranged.
Call Numbers
• These are essentially the book’s “address,” an identifying mark to know where the book belongs.
• They are found on a “spine label” at the bottom of the outside edge of the book.
• In our media center, the spine label gives the call number, a colored dot to indicate its location in the media center, and an Accelerated Reader label, if applicable.

The Main Classes

000:Computer science, information, and general works

Includes:

• Library and information sciences
• Encyclopedias
• Associations, organizations, museums
• Quotations
100:Philosophy and psychology

Includes:

• Metaphysics
• Parapsychology and occultism
• Logic
• Ethics

200:Religion

Includes:

• The Bible
• Christian theology
• Christian practices
• Other religions
300:Social sciences

Includes:

• Statistics
• Political science
• Economics
• Law
• Social problems
• Education
• Customs, etiquette, and folklore

400:Language

Includes:

• Linguistics
• English
• German
• French
• Italian
• Spanish
• Latin
• Greek
• Others
500:Science

Includes:

• Mathematics
• Earth sciences
• Physical sciences
• Life sciences
• Botany
• Zoology
• Fossils

by Seymour Simon

600:Technology

Includes:

• Medicine and health
• Engineering
• Agriculture and animal husbandry
• Manufacturing
• Building and construction

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700:Arts and recreation

Includes:

• Landscaping
• Architecture
• Sculpture, drawing, and painting
• Music
• Sports and games
• Entertainment
800:Literature

Includes:

• Rhetoric and criticism
• Poetry
• Drama
• Fiction
• Speeches
• Letters
900:History and geography

Includes:

• Travel
• Biography
• Genealogy
• History divided by geographic location
Review

Choose one of the following games to review the classification. Try to race a friend to get them done!

• http://www.quia.com/mc/7265.html
• http://www.quia.com/cc/7265.html
Post-test practice

As one of our main purposes is to gather and class websites for teachers to use, try to determine to which class the following sites would belong.

• Wikipedia.org
• Gray’s Anatomy (http://www.bartleby.com/107/)
• World Cup Soccer (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html)
• Spanish Dictionary (http://www.spanishdict.com/)
References
• Aliki. (1999). William Shakespeare and the Globe. New York: HarperCollins.
• Dewey, M. (2004). Abridged Dewey decimal classification and relative index (14th ed.). Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.