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Given glossy society's have to keep watch over its ever-increasing physique of data, electronic libraries could be one of the most vital and influential associations of this century. With their versatility, accessibility, and financial system, those targeted collections of every little thing electronic are quickly turning into the "banks" during which the world's wealth of knowledge is stored.

How to construct a electronic Library is the one ebook that gives the entire wisdom and tools had to build and retain a electronic library-no topic how huge or small. across the world famous specialists offer an absolutely constructed, step by step strategy, in addition to the software program that makes all of it attainable. How to construct a electronic Library is the superbly self-contained source for people, companies, and associations wishing to place this strong instrument to paintings of their burgeoning info treasuries.

* Sketches the background of libraries-both conventional and digital-and their effect on current practices and destiny directions
* deals in-depth insurance of today's useful criteria used to symbolize and shop details digitally
* makes use of Greenstone, freely obtainable open-source software-available with interfaces within the world's significant languages (including Spanish, chinese language, and Arabic)
* Written for either technical and non-technical audiences
* Web-enhanced with software program documentation, colour illustrations, full-text index, resource code, and extra

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By the turn of the century, the Trinity College Library had around a quarter of a million books, while the Library of Congress had nearly three times that number. 5 million. 5 A page of the original Trinity College Library catalog. 14 ONE | ORIENTATION The Alexandrian principle In an early statement of library policy, an Alexandrian librarian was reported as being “anxious to collect, if he could, all the books in the inhabited world, and, if he heard of, or saw, any book worthy of study, he would buy it”—and two millennia later this was formulated as a self-evident principle of librarianship: It is a librarian’s duty to increase the stock of his library.

For example, more than 30,000 titles were published in France during a 60-year period in the mid-1700s. The printing press that Gutenberg had developed in order to make the Bible more widely available became the vehicle for disseminating the European Enlightenment—an emancipation of human thinking from the weight of authority of the church—some 300 years later. , President John Adams created a reference library for Congress when the seat of government was moved to the new capital city of Washington in 1800.

Tragically the Alexandrian library was destroyed. D. D. 1 Trinity College, Dublin, one of the oldest universities in Western Europe, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. In 1600 the library contained a meager collection of 30 printed books and 10 handwritten manuscripts. This grew rapidly, by several thousand, when two of the Fellows mounted a shopping expedition to England, and by a further 10,000 when the library received the personal collection of Archbishop Ussher, a renowned Irish man of letters, on his death in 1661.

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