• Early modern to postmodern library expansion in the West: how have libraries and their catalogues developed to accommodate, organise and perpetuate the printed word?

    Author(s):
    Matthew Henry (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Library and information science, Library science, Printing
    Item Type:
    Dissertation
    Institution:
    City, University of London
    Tag(s):
    Architecture, book history, British Library, cataloguing, technology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CW8J
    Abstract:
    This paper examines how the library building accommodates books and how the library catalogue allows the management and use of those books; all in the context of the great increase in book numbers after the establishment of printing with moveable type in Europe from about the year 1500. The following subjects are studied in particular: furniture for storing books, how this is laid out and how it develops; the practical and intellectual concerns behind the development of the library catalogue; the design of library buildings, particularly internally, to house, provide, and preserve increasing numbers of books; the intellectual changes brought to the catalogue by physical developments, such as paper slips, cards, and computerisation; the era of the remote library warehouse, accessed only indirectly. Examples are sought throughout Western Europe and North America, with particular attention paid to two of the UK’s legal-deposit libraries, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, and the British Library. It is found that these institutions anticipate a reduction in the number of printed books and other matter that they must ingest but are unable to reliably predict when this will occur and have subsequently planned for a short- and medium-term of continuing growth.
    Notes:
    This dissertation was submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for the degree MSc in Library Science. It was supervised by Professor David Bawden.
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