Our colleague Dennis McGovern, former chief of the Decimal Classification Division (DCD), is retiring this Thursday. (Longtime readers of the Dewey blog might remember Dennis as “the vicar of Dewey Manor” in the early days of the blog.) Dennis was appointed to the position of DCD chief on May 17, 2004, after serving as the acting chief of DCD since February 2002, when previous chief David Smith retired. Since 2008, Dennis has worked a split detail as a Senior Decimal Classification Classifier in the areas of literature, language, sports, and recreation, and as a senior cataloger of romance language material in the Social Science Cataloging Division and the African, Latin American, and Western European Division. Dennis first joined LC in as an editorial assistant in the Bill Digest Section of the American Law Division, Congressional Research Service. In August of the same year, he joined the LOIS Processing Section in the former Order Division, Acquisitions Directorate, and April 1984 became a CIP publisher liaison in the Cataloging in Publication Division, while he also studied part time for his master's degree in library science at the University of Maryland. After completing library school, he became a cataloger at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in the District of Columbia Public Library system. Dennis returned to LC as a descriptive cataloger in 1987. He joined the Education, Sports, and Recreation Team when it was formed in 1989 as part of the Whole Book Cataloging Project. Dennis came to DCD in 2002 from the position of team leader, Education, Sports and Recreation Team (ESR), Social Sciences Cataloging Division. His service at the Library of Congress also included a short detail as acting team leader of the Music and Sound Recordings Team III, and an eight-month detail as acting chief of the Special Material Cataloging Division. We will be feting Dennis in January, but please join us now in wishing him a fond farewell and best wishes as he begins this new chapter in his life.