About Dewey and OCLC Forest Press
The Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC) is a general knowledge
organization tool that is continuously revised to keep pace with
knowledge. The system was conceived by Melvil Dewey in 1873 and
first published in 1876. The DDC is published by Forest Press,
which in 1988 became a division of OCLC
Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
The Dewey Decimal Classification is the most widely used library
classification system in the world. It is used in more than 135
countries and has been translated into over 30 languages. Recent
translations in progress
or completed include Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian,
Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. In the United States,
95% of all public and school libraries, 25% of all college and
university libraries, and 20% of special libraries use the DDC.
In addition, Dewey is used for other purposes, e.g., as a browsing
mechanism for resources on the World Wide Web.
Dewey to the Rescue
A multimedia tour of the Dewey Decimal Classification