History of Libraries of the Western World

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Scarecrow Press, Jul 29, 1999 - History - 159 pages
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This edition of the History of Libraries in the Western World represents a substantial revision of the earlier edition, taking into account the "information revolution" that has swept the West since 1945 and the political revolution that swept across Europe beginning in 1986. In addition, recent scholarship has been incorporated throughout the text, with special emphasis on the work centered around the "new history of the book." The bibliographies at the end of each of the twelve chapters have been thoroughly revised to reflect the very considerable new work on library and book history.
 

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I like libraries. I like history. So there's really no reason this book should have put me to sleep so often. :( It's not all boring though, and it particularly gets better in the second half when it moves onto modern library history. Read full review

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This latest update is a succinct and readable account of the development of libraries within the context of Western civilization. Divided as before into three sections covering the ancient world, the ... Read full review

Contents

Medieval Libraries
69
Modern Library Development in the West
129
Index
299
About the Author
303
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Michael H. Harris is professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky and author of 10 books and over 50 papers on library history. He currently serves on the editorial board of Library Quarterly.

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