Famous Librarian Also Famous Jerk


Melvil Dewey: inventor of the Dewey decimal system, godfather of modern library science, and…sexist jerk?

According to this Bitch blog post, Dewey helped open the field of librarianship to women by allowing them into his classes at Columbia’s library school, but he also relentlessly sexually harassed them.

Plus: “Due to blatant racism, anti-Semitism, and sexual misconduct, he was forced to resigned from several prominent positions.”

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →