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Historical Dictionary of Librarianship, Hardback Book


Although the history of librarianship as an organized profession dates only as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, the history of libraries is much older, and people have been engaged in pursuits that we recognize as librarianship for many thousands of years.

This book traces librarianship from its origins in ancient times through its development in response to the need to control the flood of information in the modern world to the profound transformations brought about by the new technologies of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The Historical Dictionary of Librarianship focuses on librarianship as a modern, organized profession, emphasizing the period beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.

Author Mary Ellen Quinn relates the history of this profession through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography.

The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, libraries around the world, and notable organizations and associations.

This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about librarianship.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 364 pages, 2 Tables, unspecified
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • Category: Reference works
  • ISBN: 9780810878075

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