Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born December 10, 1851. Dewey was an American libarian and educator, inventor of the dewey decimal system or library classification. Dewey was born into a family of six children. He attended rural schools and decided early on to reform education. Melville earned both a bachelor's degree as well as a masters. While a student he founded the library bureau which sold high quality index cards and filing cabinets and established the standard dimensions for catalog cards.
The Dewey Decimal System is a way of organizing non-fiction books based on category. It is the dewey decimal system librarians would have to organize their libraries based on either publisher, title, date, author, or other factor that only a few books of the many out there would have in common.
Under the dewey decimal system non fiction books related by category are found adjacent each other. So if you are looking for a specific topic that you happen to be researching whether I be anything from art to sports you will be able to find them all easily.
My personal first lesson about the dewey decimal system was in literary class. It was the first year of junior high, the same year I joined the library club. I would use the dewey decimal system many times that year and never forget it.
Was you ever involved in a library??