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Modern Libraries: 1500s - 1800s

Let's begin with an overview of the modern libraries section of the course. Watch the Modern Libraries video at Vimeo.

Old Woman Reading a Bible Gerrit Dou 1630 Wikimedia Commons PDThe invention of movable type printing in the mid-1400s marked the beginning of a new era in libraries. This time period includes the major changes in libraries worldwide.

The image on the right shows an old woman reading around 1630-1635 in a painting by Gerrit Dou.

Read each of the following pages:

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Read Pettegree, Andrew (2015). The Renaissance Library and the Challenge of Print. In A. Crawford (Ed.), The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History, Princeton University Press. Available through IUPUI.

Read Darnton, Robert (2015). From Printing Shop to Bookshelves. In A. Crawford (Ed.), The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History, Princeton University Press. Available through IUPUI.

Read Allan, David (2015). The Advantages of Literature. In A. Crawford (Ed.), The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History, Princeton University Press. Available through IUPUI.

Read Sutherland, John (2015). Literature and the Library in the Nineteenth Century. In A. Crawford (Ed.), The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History, Princeton University Press. Available through IUPUI.

 


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