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The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland

Volume 3. 1850–2000

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Alistair Black, Peter Hoare, Robert Snape, Bob Duckett, Martin Hewitt, Dave Muddiman, Debbie Denham, Paul Sturges, Simon Eliot, Geoffrey Forster, Alan Bell, Chris Baggs, David Pearson, John Day, Philip Henry Jones, Lionel Madden, John C. Crawford, Ian McGowan, Catherine Moran, Pearl Quinn, Gerard Long, Graham Jefcoate, P. R. Harris, John Hopson, Bernard Naylor, F. W. Ratcliffe, Ian Mowat, Jack Meadows, Antonia J. Bunch, Guy Holborn, Alan Jesson, Chris Murphy, B. C. Bloomfield, Ian Cornelius, Dave Muddiman, Julia Taylor, Evelyn Kerslake, Rodney M. Brunt, Simon Pepper, Eric Hunter, Alistair Duff, Liz Chapman, Frank Webster
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107693692

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  • The Public Libraries Act of 1850 founded a tradition of public provision and service which continues today, and national and academic libraries have grown and multiplied accordingly. Libraries have become an industry rather than a localized phenomenon, and librarianship has developed from a scholarly craft to a scientific profession. The essays in this volume present a picture of great diversity, covering public, national, academic, subscription and private libraries. The users of libraries are an important part of their history and are considered here in detail, alongside the development of the library profession and the impact of new information technologies.

    • The first comprehensive history of British and Irish libraries in the period 1850–2005
    • Covers the professionalisation of librarianship and new electronic library systems
    • Considers libraries in their social and cultural contexts, their users and their purposes
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    'The Purpose of the Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland is to be a survey. It succeeds admirably. … Some essays, such as Chris Bagg's essay on working-class libraries and Simon Eliot's on subscription libraries, present excellent new research. The bibliography is full, helpful and thorough.' Rare Books Newsletter, 81

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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107693692
    • length: 762 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Libraries and the modern world Alistair Black and Peter Hoare
    Part I. Enlightening the Masses:
    2. Introduction Alistair Black
    3. The people's university: models of public library history Alistair Black
    4. Libraries for leisure time Robert Snape
    5. High seriousness: the reference and information role of the public library 1850–2000 Bob Duckett
    6. Extending the public library 1850–1930 Martin Hewitt
    7. Public library outreach and extension 1930–2000 Dave Muddiman
    8. Public library services for children Debbie Denham
    9. Public library people 1850–1919 Paul Sturges
    Part II. The Voluntary Ethic:
    10. Introduction Alistair Black
    11. Circulating libraries in the Victorian age and after Simon Eliot
    12. The subscription libraries and their members Geoffrey Forster and Alan Bell
    13. Radical reading? Working class libraries in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Chris Baggs
    14. Private libraries and the collecting instinct David Pearson
    Part III. Libraries for National Needs:
    15. Introduction Peter Hoare
    16. The library scene in an English city: Newcastle upon Tyne libraries 1850–2000 John Day
    17. Public libraries in Wales since 1862 Philip Henry Jones
    18. The National Library of Wales Lionel Madden
    19. The Scottish library scene John C. Crawford
    20. The National Library of Scotland Ian McGowan
    21. The Irish library scene Catherine Moran and Pearl Quinn
    22. The National Library of Ireland Gerard Long
    Part IV. The Nation's Treasury:
    23. Introduction Graham Jefcoate
    24. The British Museum Library 1857–1973 P. R. Harris
    25. The British Library and its antecedents John Hopson
    Part V. The Spirit of Enquiry:
    26. Introduction Peter Hoare
    27. The libraries of the ancient universities to the 1960s Peter Hoare
    28. The libraries of the University of London to the 1960s Bernard Naylor
    29. The civic universities and their libraries F. W. Ratcliffe
    30. Academic libraries and the expansion of higher education since the 1960s Ian Mowat
    Part VI. The Rise of Professional Society:
    31. Libraries and information for specialist areas Jack Meadows
    32. The scientist and engineer and their need for information Jack Meadows
    33. Information in the service of medicine Antonia J. Bunch
    34. Lawyers and their libraries Guy Holborn
    35. Spreading the word: religious libraries in the ages of enthusiasm and secularism (1850–2000) Alan Jesson
    36. Government and Parliamentary libraries Chris Murphy
    37. Company libraries Alistair Black
    38. Rare-book libraries and the growth of humanities scholarship B. C. Bloomfield
    Part VII. The Trade and its Tools:
    39. Introduction Peter Hoare
    40. The interpretation of professional development in librarianship since 1850 Ian Cornelius
    41. Education for librarianship Dave Muddiman
    42. Women and libraries Julia Taylor
    43. The feminisation of librarianship: the writings of Margaret Reed Evelyn Kerslake
    44. Sharing the load: libraries in co-operation Antonia J. Bunch
    45. Organising knowledge: cataloguing, classification and indexing in the modern library Rodney M. Brunt
    46. Storehouses of knowledge: the free library movement and the birth of modern library architecture Simon Pepper
    Part VIII. Automation Pasts, Electronic Futures:
    47. Introduction: The digital revolution in society and in libraries Graham Jefcoate
    48. Automating the library process Eric Hunter
    49. Informatisation: libraries and the exploitation of electronic information systems Alistair Duff
    50. Libraries and librarians in the information age Liz Chapman and Frank Webster
    Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Alistair Black
    Alistair Black is Professor of Library and Information History in the School of Information Management at Leeds Metropolitan University.

    Peter Hoare
    Peter Hoare is former University Librarian at the University of Nottingham.

    Contributors

    Alistair Black, Peter Hoare, Robert Snape, Bob Duckett, Martin Hewitt, Dave Muddiman, Debbie Denham, Paul Sturges, Simon Eliot, Geoffrey Forster, Alan Bell, Chris Baggs, David Pearson, John Day, Philip Henry Jones, Lionel Madden, John C. Crawford, Ian McGowan, Catherine Moran, Pearl Quinn, Gerard Long, Graham Jefcoate, P. R. Harris, John Hopson, Bernard Naylor, F. W. Ratcliffe, Ian Mowat, Jack Meadows, Antonia J. Bunch, Guy Holborn, Alan Jesson, Chris Murphy, B. C. Bloomfield, Ian Cornelius, Dave Muddiman, Julia Taylor, Evelyn Kerslake, Rodney M. Brunt, Simon Pepper, Eric Hunter, Alistair Duff, Liz Chapman, Frank Webster

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