||Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/History of Books, Publishing, and Librarianship
||Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/International and Comparative Librarianship
A broad, comparative history of librarianship, this intriguing work goes beyond the standard focus on institutions and collections to help you explore the part modern librarianship played—and continues to play—in forming Western cultures.
Previous histories of libraries in the Western world—the last of which was published nearly 20 years ago—concentrate on libraries and librarians. This book takes a different approach. It focuses on the practice of librarianship, showing you how that practice has contributed to constructing the heritage of cultures. To do so, this groundbreaking collection of essays presents the history of modern librarianship in the context of recent developments of the library institution, professionalization of librarianship, and innovation through information technology.
Organized by region, the book addresses the widely recognized, international impact of Anglo-American librarianship and its continuing influence over the past century, combining critical analysis with chronological histories of modern librarianship in Europe, North America, Australia/New Zealand, and Africa. An introductory chapter explains the origins of the project, and a concluding chapter examines the effects of digitization on modern librarianship in the 21st century.
- Discusses the cultural role of libraries and the role of information in shaping modern society
- Deepens readers' understanding of the history of the 20th century and modern librarianship, including digital convergence of the past two decades
- Analyzes the cycles of "information explosion" and multiple information eras as part of the development of librarianship over more than a century
- Explores tensions around professional neutrality in the provision of public access to information and knowledge in a democratic society
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- Table of Contents
Chapter One: Europe
The Background to Modern European Librarianship
Libraries and Librarianship of Different Types
Chapter Two: The United States and Canada
Wayne A. Wiegand
Colonial America to 1776
Canada to Confederation
United States, 1776-1876
U.S. and Canadian Librarianship, 1876-1893
U.S. and Canadian Librarianship, 1893-1914
Bridging the Wars, 1914-1945
Consolidating Gains, 1945-1970
After 1970: "The Information Age"
Chapter Three: Africa
Education and Literacy
Public Library Service
The Academic Library
Professional Education and Training
Chapter Four: Australasia
1788–1900: First Encounters to Federation
1901–1945: Federation to World War II
1945 to Date: Australia Since World War II
1945 to Date: New Zealand Since World War II
Chapter Five: Digital Convergence: The Past in the Present
Origins and Prototypes: 1890 to1960s
Online Catalogs and the World Wide Web: 1970s into the 1990s
Digital Libraries: mid-1990s to 2005
The "Semantic Web" and Social Media from 2005
"This is a fascinating history. . . . It lends itself to ad hoc reading—picking an area of interest and studying the history of librarianship there. . . . This book has been well researched and furnished with extensive bibliographies. It is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the history of the world's libraries and librarianship—students, academics, historian, and practitioners."
"This volume will serve students and scholars well as a reference for the modern history of libraries in the West, and may also be useful for some courses in library and information science, possibly even as a textbook. I highly recommend it, too, for librarians interested in the history of their profession. It is a valuable addition to the literature."
"Every contribution is well worth reading."
"A History of Modern Librarianship is a good beginning for those interested in the history of Western libraries. The similar writing styles of all the authors involved made the book a quick read. It offers a fascinating survey through time, listing the challenges libraries have faced as well as the solutions that each country's libraries developed to try to solve them.. . . . Libraries of all types, but especially academic libraries, would find A History of Modern Librarianship beneficial. Universities that support undergraduate and/or graduate programs in Library and Information Studies as well as librarians with an interest in the history of libraries will find this a good source. The book would be a good introduction not just for librarians but for historians wanting to research how history, such as revolutions and world wars, affect the general population and its habits. . . . Purchasing this book will provide readers with the information needed to understand the past, work in the present, and prepare for the future."
"A History of Modern Librarianship is likely the most dense and concise outline of library history one is likely to find, and it seems an indispensable tool for anyone looking to write about libraries. . . . Its bibliographic information is extensive, which alone makes it a valuable resource for anyone looking to do research in the history of libraries."
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