The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History

Princeton University Press
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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.
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About the author

Alice Crawford is digital humanities research librarian at the University of St Andrews Library in Scotland. Her books include Paradise Pursued: The Novels of Rose Macaulay.
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Princeton University Press
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Published on
Jun 23, 2015
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781400865741
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Industries / Media & Communications
History / General
Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / General
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Media Studies
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