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The Library Book: The Story of Libraries from Camels to Computers
by Maureen Sawa
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887766986, Hardcover)Everyone who has a library card (and those who don’t will want one after reading this book) will love this fascinating account of how libraries have evolved. From camels delivering books in Kenya to information compression today, this is a book that’s long overdue!
Award-winning librarian Maureen Sawa takes readers on a breathless ride from the origins of libraries to the first bookshelves, from pack-horse librarians in Kentucky to the revolution that was vertical shelving. She presents familiar library heroes like Gutenberg and Benjamin Franklin and the more obscure ones, such as Hypatia, the great female librarian of Alexandria killed by a mob for opposing the teachings of Plato, and Vizier Abdul Kasem Ismail, the Persian bibliophile who traveled with forty camels carrying 117,000 books in alphabetical order.
Libraries, past, present, and future, have a history as fascinating as the books they house. A must-have for every reader!
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From ancient libraries of clay and stone to modern libraries floating in cyberspace, this is the story of how we've collected knowledge and shared it with others.
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