Melvil Dewey

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Melvil Dewey

- He was borned into a low class family in the a small town in the New York State.-As a yound adult, Dewey was keen to advocate for spelling reform, and he changed his first name from Meville to Melvil.- He briefly attended Alfred University (1870), then Amherst College, where he earned a bachelor degree in 1874, and later a master degree from Delta Kappa Epsilon.- At the age 21, Dewey created a library classification, which involved three Arabic numbers for main classes, then fractional decimals allowing expansion for further detail.- He served at many postitions , and worked in broad areas.- His knowledge was vast and varied, by which he also promoted women's education in his library insitution.- He founded the Lake Placid Club, a resort for social, cultural and spiritual enrichment in the Adirondack Mountains.-According to his friends, that Dewey was a tough person to deal with. He had many friends, but it was easy for them to put on defense around him.-Dewey died at the age of eighty, from a stroke.


1851.12.10 - Birth1872 - created the Dewey Decimal System1876 - established the American Library Association1876-1890 - served as ALA's secretary1890-1893 - President of ALA1883 -became the librarian of the Columbia college1889 - founded world's first library school

- Dewey transformed librarian to a broad range of desirable careers.- "the father of Modern Librarianship"-His work created a revolution in library science.-hanging vertical files- The Dewey Decimal Classification System- the American Library Association- the Library Bureau Company- the first ever library school ,the school of Library Economy- inspired many modifications to his classification system, which continuedto the current date.

Lasting Impact

-His library classification system is still used worldwide till this date.- Librarianship became a pursuable career for many.-The Dewey Classification Sysytem has been translated into over 50 languages in 130 countries.-An annual award named after dewey, which consist of a bronze medal and a gold-framed citation of recent accomplishments in the fields that Melvil had been noted for.


Enter your source listGeoghegan, Maura. "Melvil Dewey Is Still Relevant in 2013." Prezi, 6 Sept. 2013. Web. 11 Feb. 2014."How One Library Pioneer Profoundly Influenced Modern Librarianship." OCLC "The World's Libraries Connected" OCLC, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014."Melvil Dewey." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Jan. 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

Melvil Dewey



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