Everything you ever wanted to know about Dewey....

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Why is Dewey's decimal still so important?

Nearly 125 years after Melvil Dewey gave the decimal new meaning in American libraries, his classification system is still widely used. Today, the Dewey Decimal Classification system is used in more than 135 countries and 200,000 libraries. Dewey's system is able to handle both books and online materials and continues to expand as the "Information Revolution" expands.
Some teachers and educators are now calling on librarians to "produce a new Melvil Dewey." That is, they want librarians to be able to create a system to catologue and organize information on the Internet. Some say this will mean a system that can manage a "library without books" or a virtual library.
As mentioned earlier, scores of libraries have already turned to the Dewey system for classifying material on the World Wide Web. This has led to the development of many networks that organize Internet information:
*One major resource for K-12 librarians is "LION" or Librarians
Information Online Network.
*Another major source that's organized Internet information is OCLC or the Online Comupter Library Center.
*In Maryland, the Sailor online public library system is a major resource for all information.
In the next section you'll see how books are classified. But the sections on general and detailed classifications show organization of online resources. The great thing about the Dewey system is that it works for both---books and items in physical libraries and online material on the Internet!

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Dewey's Decimal Did It!
Who was Dewey?
What did Dewey do with the decimal?
Why is Dewey's decimal still so important?
How does Dewey's decimal system work?
General Classifications
Detailed Classifications
Lesson Plans for Teachers

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Last updated January, 2000