The Meaning of the Library

The Meaning of the Library

A Cultural History

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The importance of the library, from ancient times to the digital era

From Greek and Roman times to the digital era, the library has remained central to knowledge, scholarship, and the imagination. The Meaning of the Library is a generously illustrated examination of this key institution of Western culture. Tracing what the library has meant since its beginning, examining how its significance has shifted, and pondering its importance in the twenty-first century, notable contributors--including the Librarian of Congress and the former executive director of the HathiTrust--present a cultural history of the library. In an informative introduction, Alice Crawford sets out the book's purpose and scope, and an international array of scholars, librarians, writers, and critics offer vivid perspectives about the library through their chosen fields. The Meaning of the Library will appeal to all who are interested in this vital institution's heritage and ongoing legacy.

Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780691166391
0691166390
Branch Call Number: 027.009 MEANING
Characteristics: xxix, 300 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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