Born in New York, USA on December 10, 1851, Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey later shortened his first name to Melvil and changed the spelling of his family name to Dui.
Dewey was from a poor family and worked as a student assistant in a college library to help pay for his education. It was while here, aged 21, that he invented the system that is now used to classify books and other items including internet resources, in libraries around the world. Known as the Dewey Decimal Classification system it organises information into 10 main subject areas.
The system changed the way libraries organised their books and other items. Librarianship became a respected profession.
Before Dewey's system became widely used, each library had its own way of organising items and often it was the librarian only who knew where each item was shelved. This made it difficult for people to find things in libraries.
Dewey helped establish the American Library Association (ALA) in 1876 and was the secretary of ALA and later its president. He edited a library journal that helped to promote library standards and a company that he formed sold library supplies.
In 1883, Dewey became the librarian of Columbia University in New York City. He founded the first ever library school at the university on January 1, 1887.
Dewey suffered a stroke and died in Florida, USA, on December 26, 1931.
Remember: Always acknowledge where you find information. If you use any of the information on this page acknowledge this source in your bibliography like this:Thomas & Sydenham, 2003, Melvil Dewey: a biography [Online], Available: http://www.kidcyber.com.au/
Please write and answer these questions on a foldersheet. They are due Tuesday, January, 20th 2009.
1) How did Dewey help to pay for his education?
2) How many subject areas are included in the Dewey Decimal Classification system?
3) How old was Mr. Dewey when he created this classification system?
4) Where and when was Mr. Dewey born?
5a) What system did libraries use before the development of the Dewey Decimal System?
6) Was Mr. Dewey's system beneficial for library users? Why? Why not?
7) In which year did Dewey become the librarian of Colunbia University in New York City?
8) When did Dewey establish the first library school?
9) How is each subject classified in the Dewey Decimal System?
Good day students. I Just wanted to remind that Library Week begins on Monday, January 12th 2009. Bethel Booksellers is sponsoring a book fair and you are encouraged to come and be a part of this exciting week. Please encourage your friends to to be a part of this week also.
The great thing about this blog is that if you are absent from school. you can visit the blog and keep up with the assignments.
Just look on the left where it says BLOG ARCHIVE and there you will find the list of all of the assignments that have been posted.
Click on the name of the assignment, the page opens up and you are good to go.
Another way to do it is to scroll slowly to the bottom of the page. Each new assignment is listed under a newly posted date and time. I personally prefer the first option but check it out and go with the one you prefer.
PLEASE WRITE THIS INFORMATION IN YOU EXERCISE BOOKS. YOU WILL BE GRADED ON THE NOTES YOU HAVE IN YOUR BOOKS FORM THIS SITE.
Today we discussed correct listing of sources.
Below is an an example of correct listing of sources.
Dear MoveOn member, President-elect Obama is launching his presidency with a bold new plan to change our economy. He wants to create 3 million new jobs and invest in green jobs, health care, and clean energy.1
But conservatives in Congress are stuck in the failed economic ideology that got us into this mess. And they're trying to gut Obama's plan.2
The numbers after the information lets you know that the author is using information that he or she did not create-instead they are using information provided by someone else. They are giving them credit for their information while at the same time directing the reader to the source of the information so that they can get the full details of the story, if they are interested.
THIS IS A VERY BUSY TERM AND THERFORE WE WILL DO QUITE A BIT OF WORK VIA THIS WEB PAGE. PLEASE CHECK IT OFTEN AS I WILL CONTINUE TO PUT INFORMATION HERE FOR YOU.