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The Story of Libraries: From Ancient Sumeria to America LS 501: Introduction to Library & Information Studies Revised Summer 2006 C. 2003, Deborah J. Grimes, Tuscaloosa, AL Why Libraries? Reflections of society and culture Peace and tranquility “Golden Ages” Economic prosperity
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LS 501: Introduction to Library & Information Studies
Revised Summer 2006
C. 2003, Deborah J. Grimes, Tuscaloosa, AL
Floor Plan of royal Hittite library; thousands of clay tables found in 7 rooms
Modern Day Iraq
Iraqi National Museum Deputy Director Mushin Hasan holds his head in his hands as he sits on destroyed artifacts on April 13. (MSNBC)
Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets, c. 3000-2000 BC, economic text, 4.75 in. high
Photographs shown with permission of Allan Anawati of Medusa Ancient Art, Champlain, NY, http://www.pashamedia.com/medusa.html .
Papyrus fragments from Glasgow University Library
Salim George Khalaf, A Bequest Unearthed, Phoenicia, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, 2003 (2004, 5, 6...etc.), http://phoenicia.org
Biblioteca Alexandrina, c.2002
News of your death. Tears, and the memory of all the times we talked the sun down the sky. You, Herakleitos of Halikarnassos, once my friend, now vacant dust, whose poems are nightingales beyond the clutch of the unseen god.
Cicero in his library, 18th. C. engraving
Drawings from “Manuscript Books” by Richard W. Clement at http://www.ebooks2go.com
cathedrals, the large folios (books made of paper folded once) and quartos (with sheets folded into fourths) were chained to cupboards and could be used only at the attached desks. The long rooms of benches and stalls gradually gave way to wall shelving when printed books began to be produced in smaller sizes and became less expensive."
* "library" Britannica Online. <http://www.eb.com:180/cgi-bin/g?DocF=micro/348/35.html> [Accessed 30 September 1998].
Hall of Sixtus V
The Reader, Fragonard
Nationale de France
Restored reading room inside British Museum, 2000
The Boston Athaenum