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Dewey frequently came into conflict with colleagues and officials. Due to blatant racism, anti-Semitism, and sexual misconduct, he was forced to resigned from several prominent positions. A group of Library school alumnae and women from the American Library Association threatened to bring a vote of censure against Dewey because he had sexually harassed women at ALA conferences. In 1906, they kicked him out of active ALA participation. Those are the kind of librarians that should go down in history, right?
While he did help to open up a new field for women, Melvil Dewey does not deserve credit as any kind of advocate for women’s rights or professional advancement. And his contributions to the profession of librarianship in no way cancel out his sleaziness and sexism."