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Libraries in the New World

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> If you want to read more about the history of libraries in North America, you might check out these titles. Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress: for Congress, the Nation & the World.John Y. Cole and Jane Aikin, editors Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress; Lanham, MD : Bernan Press, 2004 … Continue reading

Society and Special Libraries

As we continue our exploration of libraries, we shift focus to libraries in North America. Just as there is a change in the nature of libraries and book collections in Europe, particularly England, in the 18th century, so there’s a rise of subscription and circulating libraries in North America. Many of these libraries are called … Continue reading

Readings about libraries – for your spare time

Every week, books about libraries wander across my e-mail.Here’s one suggested by a fellow student: James Carley,Books of King Henry VIII and his Wives (British Library) (London: British Library, 2005)  If you have other fun and informative reading suggestions, please pass them along 

Free for All: Inside the Public Library – a Film & Social Media Project

Since we are  talking about public libraries this week, I thought this would be a good video to look at and react to.  Through the various clips we see how libraries bring books to their communities and how patrons react to and respond to libraries.Free for All: Inside the Public Library – a Film & … Continue reading

Subscription and Circulating Libraries: What did they collect?

After reading the articles on circulating and subscription libraries, I wanted to explore the books that the members read. After all, the articles listed many books and magazines and I haven’t read them, or at least not recently. The authors also mentioned that this period, the 1700s to early 1800s, gave rise to the periodical … Continue reading

Just how do books function?

By now many of you have seen this wonderful video “The Medieval Help Desk” http://youtu.be/pQHX-SjgQvQ . The video has been around for a while. Nevertheless, the help and the attitude of the librarian as he relates to the monk faced with a new fangled book is priceless.Enjoy.

Late Medieval and Renaissance Libraries

As I scrolled through the various e-mails and blogs I subscribe to, I came across one for the Peterhouse Perne & Ward Library at Cambridge http://perneward.wordpress.com/ This blog has two posts of interest to our class. The first post describes Richard Crashaw, poet and patron of the library, the second post talks about a donation … Continue reading

Miniature Libraries

Libraries come in all shapes and sizes. Miniature Libraries which include miniature books are a marvel to behold. These special libraries are filled with tiny books that are legible with the naked eye and contain the full text. Take a look at the creative way miniature books are housed and displayed.What would you do with … Continue reading

Library at Alexandria in the Roman Period

If you’ve become enchanted or curious about libraries in Rome or the Alexandrian Library itself, you might want to read Alexandria (A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery) by Lindsey Davis (Aug 31, 2010). In this work of fiction, Falco and his wife investigate murders at the library at Alexandria. The reader learns all about the layout, … Continue reading

Resources for histories of libraries

I’ve been thinking about Libraries all this week, that is the week before the course starts. I’ve come to realize that there are lots of ways to approach the subject. Some people want to look at pictures of libraries and their architecture, inside and out. Other people want to know about the collections libraries house … Continue reading