Mistaken a-dewity

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I’m reading this great book about Information Architecture right now. Not exactly light reading, but informative.

It’s a well written book, with just enough humor to keep it from becoming too dry a subject. I was rather enjoying myself–until the Dewey reference.

The librarian in me cringed. How could they make a mistake like that? Doesn’t the entire world know that it was Melvil Dewey, not John Dewey, who created the Dewey Decimal System. I mean really, if Wikipedia knows, shouldn’t everybody?

I guess the two authors of the book must have been absent when their elementary school librarians taught the history of the system used by practically every school in the country.

Come to think of it, they must have been absent a lot, since the DDS is often a favorite subject of librarians. And when I say favorite, I mean favorite! Most kids tell me that they learn about good ol’ Melvil Dewey 4 or 5 times a year, every year.

Sigh. Sounds like fun, don’t you think?

What do you think?