Join us in honoring a famous librarian, Melvil Dewey (December 10, 1851 – December 26, 1931), who is known for significantly changing libraries and librarianship in the late 19th century. Also known as the Father of Modern Librarianship, Dewey created the well known and the most highly used library classification system in the world, the Dewey Decimal System. In addition, he was pivotal in starting the American Library Association (ALA) and co-founded and edited the professional publication, Library Journal, which is still in publication.
Another interesting fact I learned while reading Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, is that Dewey’s company, Library Bureau, is said to have exhibited the first hanging vertical files for at The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.
Please enjoy some fun tidbits to celebrate Dewey’s special day!
A comic about Dewey: Melvil Dewey vs. The Library Labyrinth
International Library Hip Hop Superstar, modern day Melvil Dewey performing the Dewey Rap:
Bob the Alien and the Dewey Decimal System:
Here is a video that explains the Dewey Decimal System
“Dewey Decimal System” by The Hipwaders
And the best was saved for last! Click on the link below to take the quiz!
I hope you enjoy these links and learn a little about Dewey!
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