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International Dictionary of Library Histories

Stam,David H.

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ISBN 10: 1579582443 / ISBN 13: 9781579582449
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Title: International Dictionary of Library ...

Publisher: Routledge

Binding: Hardcover

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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These two handsome volumes contain 271 essays by library historians on the great contemporary libraries of the world. Some 224 essays focus on individual libraries, 34 provide overviews for various types of libraries, and 13 deal with "library development in regions of the world sporadically represented elsewhere in these volumes."

The A-Z topical and geographical surveys, which are confined to volume 1, vary in length from less than a page (Circulating libraries and reading rooms ) to nearly eight pages (Iberian libraries). Each concludes with suggestions for further reading. Topics include types of institutions (Archives, Public libraries, Special libraries); libraries focusing on special topics or formats (Buddhist libraries, Map libraries, Medical libraries ); libraries for special clientele (Prison libraries, Women's libraries ); and libraries originating in the past (Medieval libraries, Renaissance libraries ). There is also an essay on Online catalogs.

Following the introductory surveys, library essays appear in alphabetical order under the names of owning institutions, so that the Bodleian Library is not in the Bs, but in the U s, under University of Oxford Libraries. Library entries range from less than one page for National Library of Pakistan to as many as six pages for Library of Congress of the United States and British Library, or seven pages for New York Public Library. Each entry begins with the library's name in English and its own language if different, address, Web address if available, year of founding, holdings statistics, and a list of special collections. Like the topical and geographical essays, the library essays also conclude with further reading suggestions. The set concludes with a detailed index of 80 pages, largely devoted to headings for organizations (with cross-references from their acronyms), libraries (by name and by type), countries, continents, persons, and publications. A geographic index of the library entries would be helpful for readers who might be interested in exploring the great libraries of New York or China.

All academic and large public libraries interested in library history will want to add this one-of-a-kind compilation to their collections. RBB
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