Lifelong Dewey

Reading through every Dewey Decimal section.

Category: 060s

060: Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert


060.42: Robert, Henry M. Robert’s Rules of Order Revised for Deliberative Assemblies. Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1943. 307 pp.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 000: Computer Science, Knowledge, and General Works
  • 060: General organizations and museology
  • 060.4: Special topics of general organizations
  • 060.42: General rules of order

If you’re running even a halfway-serious meeting, assembly, or convention, you need some way of bringing order to the proceedings. Without common rules, deliberative assemblies devolve into chaos. First devised in 1876 by U.S. Army Colonel Henry Martyn Robert, these rules help to allow groups of peoples to understand what happens when, when people can speak, when and how motions can be voted on, and how to decide on many complicated matters.

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069: The Stranger and the Statesman by Nina Burleigh

069.09753:  Burleigh, Nina. The Stranger and the Statesman: James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America’s Greatest Museum. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. 268 pp. ISBN 0-06-000241-7.

Museology is a weird field of study. It is the study of the history and use of museums, but even though it’s an “ology,” it’s not a true science. So, where do you place it? There are those who want to move it to the 300s, seeing as though museums and galleries have an inherently social function. There’s even space open at 308 or 309. BUT, museums are institutions with the expressed purpose of displaying artifacts for the betterment of those who enter them. This sentiment of bettering humankind, while pervasive throughout history, really began in earnest with the creation of scientific and artistic societies, and it was these societies that had the money available to house and maintain such artifacts. As such, museum science gets classed just at the end of the 060s—Associations, organization, and museums.

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