Dewey’s Name To Come Off Library Memorial Medal

Accusations of sexual impropriety are reaching back in time and resulting in the name of Melville Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System and the Lake Placid Club, to be stripped from a memorial medal given out by the American Library Association. The decision came down late last month from the American Library Association Council The resolution reads, in part, “During the 1906 ALA conference there was a movement to censure Dewey after four women came forward to accuse him of sexual impropriety, and he was ostracized from the organization for decades. The behavior demonstrated for decades by Dewey does not represent the stated fundamental values of ALA in equity, diversity and inclusion.”