Libraries as history: the importance of libraries beyond their texts

Pearson, David Libraries as history: the importance of libraries beyond their texts., 2007 . In Senate House Library Friends: Charles Holden Lecture, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (UK), 11 October 2007. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


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In this edited version of a lecture given in October 2007, David Pearson (Director, University of London Research Library Services) discusses the importance of recognising that the history of libraries is a valid and worthwhile subject, that libraries are interesting things as integral parts of our cultural heritage, and that both they and the books they contain have historical and research value beyond the purposes for which they were originally designed.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Libraries Historiography Great Britain
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
D. Libraries as physical collections.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DC. Public libraries.
Depositing user: Richard M. Davis
Date deposited: 14 Nov 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:09


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