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Sunday, December 10, 2017

How Do Libraries Keep books organized

For a short time while I was in high-school I worked in the library. It was a learning experience to say the least but it was also lots of fun. With so many books it was quite a job to find books that were requested, reshelf books that had been returned and to simply keep it all together. 
Have you ever wondered how libraries keep all the books organized?? One main way is via the Dewey Decimal system. The system is a library classification of sorts that was invented by Melvil Dewey. Dewey was born on December 10, 1851 all these years later we still celebrate December 10th to honor Dewey and the Dewey Decimal system. 

Melvil Dewey was a simple man and he liked it that way. As an American librarian he used library science to create the Dewey Decimal Classification system at the mere age of 21. Dewey established library standards and advanced library education. He would later develop the American Library association as well as found and edit the Library journal. As his side job he would sell library supplies. Melvil Dewey would also establish the first library school in New York City.
The Dewey Decimal system has been in use since 1876. Dewey an American librarian developed the system and helped establish it to be used as a classification system in libraries. Over 100 years later the system is staying up to date with modern technologies included. A schedule of expansions and revisions help keep the system current and progressive. The Dewey Decimal System is used in 135 countries around the world and translated into 30 different languages. 

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