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was a French
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and literary critic. One of the founders of the Association of French Librarians, Morel contributed greatly to the development of French libraries and librarianship in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Morel graduated as a lawyer from the Faculté de Droit in Paris in 1869. After a brief literary career he became an assistant librarian at the Bibliothèque nationale
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in 1892. He was elected president of the Association of French Librarians in 1918, which he helped to found in 1906.
Morel’s main contributions to the profession of librarianship include a redefining of the librarian’s role and career. He also predicted the development of libraries in his book La Librairie Publique.
As a pilot project, he introduced the Dewey Decimal Classification
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System in 1911 to the Levallois-Perret
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Library. He also supported the development of L'Heure Joyeuse, the first public library for children in France, founded in Paris in 1923.
- Seguin, Jean-Pierre (1994) Un prophète en son pays: Eugène Morel (1869-1934) et la lecture publique. Paris: Bibliotheque publique d'information, Centre Pompidou