History of Libraries of the Western World

History of Libraries of the Western World

by Michael H. Harris
     
 

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This edition of the "History of Libraries in the Western World" represents a substantial revision of the earlier edition, taking into account the "information revolution" that has swept the West since 1945 and the political revolution that swept across Europe beginning in 1986. In addition, recent scholarship has been incorporated throughout the text, with special… See more details below

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This edition of the "History of Libraries in the Western World" represents a substantial revision of the earlier edition, taking into account the "information revolution" that has swept the West since 1945 and the political revolution that swept across Europe beginning in 1986. In addition, recent scholarship has been incorporated throughout the text, with special emphasis on the work centered around the "new history of the book." The bibliographies at the end of each of the twelve chapters have been thoroughly revised to reflect the very considerable new work on library and book history.

Author Biography: Michael H. Harris is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky and author of 10 books and over 50 papers on library history. He currently serves on the editorial board of "Library Quarterly."

Editorial Reviews

Paul Sturges
Themes are well identified and discussed: detail of places, persons and dates is provided in appropriate quantity. The chronological balance of the book is, as ever, a judicious one, with nearly half devoted to ancient and medieval libraries.
Collection Management
...the best and most readable all-purpose survey history of western libraries that has ever been produced....
Library Journal
This latest update is a succinct and readable account of the development of libraries within the context of Western civilization. Divided as before into three sections covering the ancient world, the medieval period, and the modern era, Harris's account is well organized and informative. This edition includes recent developments such as the reunification of Germany. The European treatment emphasizes Britain, France, Italy, and Germany, with little mention of Scandinavia, Iberia, or eastern Europe except Russia. U.S. libraries form the bulk of the American chapters, with nods to Canada and Latin America. The text is expanded from the 1984 compact edition (Professional Reading, LJ 8/84) but is shorter than the 1976 third revised edition; the typography is much improved. There are good reading lists for each chapter but no footnotes or complete bibliography. Recommended.-Elizabeth Brice, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Booknews
Surveys the libraries of ancient, Medieval, and modern times. Substantially revised from the 1976 third edition (first in 1965) to incorporate the new history of books, the electronic advances in communication, and the political changes in Europe since the late 1980s. The bibliographies are also updated to reflect current thinking about both the past and the current significance of libraries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810829725
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.87(d)

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