Sunday, February 28, 2010

Library: An Unquiet History

Library: An Unquiet History
by Matthew Battles [027.009 Bat]

This book is a quick and relatively easy read about the history of the development and destruction of libraries. Matthew Battles takes readers from the starting point of online catalogs all the way back to libraries of cuneiform on clay tablets that were inadvertently preserved for future generations by the fires that consumed the buildings that held them. Many such paradoxes exist in human history generally, no less in the specific history of libraries. It is a quick and enjoyable read with an inviting bibliography and well-written notes and index for the curious among us. -- Recommended by Sarah E. J. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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