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The story of libraries : from the invention of writing to the computer age

Author: Frederick Andrew Lerner
Publisher: New York : Continuum, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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In this fully updated edition, Fred Lerner continues to explore the ways in which records of human experience are collected. Updated to include our new technology, this work describes the crucial role libraries played in ancient Egypt, Han-dynasty China, the ancient Western Classical world (the great library of Alexandria, which was lost to us in stages over many years), the Baghdad of Harun-al-Rashid, and medieval  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Andrew Lerner
ISBN: 9780826429902 0826429904
OCLC Number: 428777216
Notes: Previous edition: 1998.
Description: x, 249 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The earliest libraries --
Libraries of classical antiquity --
Lanterns of the Dark Ages --
Libraries of the Orient --
Libraries of the Islamic world --
The High Middle Ages --
Gutenberg's legacy --
Treasuries of the book --
The repositories of knowledge --
Libraries of the people --
The rising generation --
Putting knowledge to work --
The craft of librarianship --
The science of information.
Responsibility: Fred Lerner.

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