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Just thought that I would forward along some of the messages I received from around 
the world - loved getting email from Malta and Australia to name a few.  Found that 
there are many systems of classification, but many are altered versions of Dewey 
and you gotta love the Universal classification system which as you can see is not 
universally used!  Interesting to see the results - below are a few pasted messages:

the school had some Japanese visitors, one of whom was in
charge of the school's library.  She said their Dewey was a little
different to ours!

Australia uses Dewey almost entirely!
Some LC in the state and tertiery institutions.
Have a great day from Sydney Australia

My cataloging prof said that Dewey is used in many countries, even at the 
higher ed level (this was a few years ago, so I'm not sure I remember 
correctly).  I checked the Oxford (England) University library, and this is 
true (their circulating collection is in Dewey, specific collections are 
not) At Cambridge, however, it is not true--I couldn't tell what type of 
system they used.  The National Library of France has part of their 
circulating collection in Dewey.

Here are some links:;jsessionid=0000ginrDXzLkPj08_icN7dtSsw:-1?host=catalogue
(National Library of France, in French) 
(Oxford University Library)

Well I have worked in a number of UK libraries and have used Dewey and the
Library of Congress. Dewey, however, is just about standard in schools,
universities and public libraries - hope this helps

Most are the same as we are Dewey for schools and public libraries, and LC
for higher Ed.

No matter how busy you may think you are,
you must find time for reading,
or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
Atwood H. Townsend 

Melissa Gergen
Library Media Specialist
Guilderland High School
861-8591 ext. 5801
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085

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