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A History of Modern Librarianship: Constructing the Heritage of Western Cultures

ISBN: 9781610690997
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Publication Date: 2015-05-26
Number of pages: 248
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A broad, comparative history of librarianship, this intriguing work goes beyond the standard focus on institutions and collections to help you explore the part modern librarianship played―and continues to play―in forming Western cultures.

• Discusses the cultural role of libraries and the role of information in shaping modern society

• Deepens readers' understanding of the history of the 20th century and modern librarianship, including digital convergence of the past two decades

• Analyzes the cycles of "information explosion" and multiple information eras as part of the development of librarianship over more than a century

• Explores tensions around professional neutrality in the provision of public access to information and knowledge in a democratic society

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