What Happened to Dewey?

What Happened to Dewey?

Interviewing, researching, and observing the functioning of Ingram Library has led me to new discoveries.  I have created a slide show of my friend Theresa showing me how to check out a book that I need for a research paper.  Going through this process the first thing that I learned was that in order to print your search findings, it costs .08 cents per copy and you have to use your student ID card.

This process actually helped me when I needed to print something while doing homework in the UCC.  I was able to go through the process like a pro.

One of the most interesting things that I learned is that Ingram Library uses the “major competing classification system to the Dewey Decimal System!! (1)”  Don’t worry if you don’t know what this is.  Most people have never heard of it, but it is a “library classification system published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876.(1)”  And at the expense of aging myself, I first learned how to use it when each book was listed on a 3 x 5 card and placed in a wooden box in the “Dewey” order.

Technology has certainly made it easier to find items in the library, but I haven’t met anyone that has attempted to check out a book or is even interested in doing so, since almost all information can be found on the internet including articles, journals, and entire books.  But if you haven’t checked-out a book for homework, you should at least try it out for your leisure.  As an avid reader I can tell you there is nothing more satisfying than holding a book in your hand and hearing the sound of a turning page.


Reference: en.m.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Decimal_Classification


4 thoughts on “What Happened to Dewey?

  1. Great job! And your comment in the presentation about hoping the books are in the correct order is spot on. Since everyone who returns the books to the shelves and people who browse the shelves are all mere humans, sometimes errors are made and a book gets put back in not-quite-the-right-spot.

    Card catalogs have become collector items these days.

    Even though we’ve moved online, a lot of the ways our library catalog and article databases are set up stems from the way people thought about organizing information in card catalogs. Some of the weird little quirks of those systems don’t really make any sense without that context.


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