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Librarians Move to Take Dewey Name Off Medal

June 24, 2019

The Council of the American Library Association voted Sunday to remove the name of Melvil Dewey, one of the founders of the association and inventor of the book classification system named for him, from the association's medal. A resolution passed by the Council said that "whereas Melvil Dewey did not permit Jewish people, African Americans, or other minorities admittance to the resort owned by Dewey and his wife" and "whereas Dewey made numerous inappropriate physical advances toward women he worked with and wielded professional power over," his name should not remain on the medal.



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