• Library History: Four texts and a website

    Author(s):
    Mariana Strassacapa Ou (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Cultural history, Library and information science, Public libraries
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    book history, institutional history, library services, library values, oral history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6QC0F
    Abstract:
    Essay presented in 2017 as fulfillment of requirements for completion of the module INM310 - Independent Study, part of the MSc Library and Information Science course at City, University of London. This essay stands as a report of a few months of an independent study conducted by the author about library history. The theme was explored both as a personal interest motivated by the mentions of library history during classes of Library and Information Science at City, University of London, and also as a felt need to investigate library history more deeply, as I became involved in developing oral history and narratives about London’s public libraries for the Layers of London project, a website being built by the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London. Here, I attempt to recapitulate my study by telling a brief story about library history from ‘four texts and a website’. Evidently, the website is Layers of London. The four texts correspond to four works of librarians, historians, and academics investigating library history, not necessarily because they are seminal, but because they in some way represent important aspects of the field and introduce significant issues. In that sense, this essay is structured in five short sections, each corresponding to one of these four texts, and the last one referring to Layers of London, which serves also as a concluding section.
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