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Jul. 6, 2007, 4:01pm

What about Library History do you like? I'm interested in CCC libraries, Military Libraries, 19th C. American lending libraries, membership libraries...

Jul. 7, 2007, 12:01am

Ancient libraries. Systems of classification. Libraries before and on the cusp of the current classification situation—DDC, LCC, LCSH. Cutter. Bliss. Orphaned and unusual systems.

Jul. 7, 2007, 9:34am

Mainly early American college libraries (I'm currently writing a masters' thesis on the first collection of Union College's library back in the 1790s). But I'm also interested in colonial and early national private libraries, among other things.

Jul. 20, 2007, 2:43pm

Paul Otlet and the Mundaneum

Bearbeitet: Jul. 20, 2007, 4:43pm

I used to work at National Geographic, which was founded in 1888 and in 1903 established an internal library both to support the growing research needs of its editorial staff and to house the works produced as a result of the expeditions it funded. I thought folks in this group might be interested in the history of how this library developed.......

The users of this library literally approached their informational needs geo-centrically -- they wanted to be able to choose a part of the world and "go to it" in the library to find all there was to read on the subject....the librarians were clever enough to recognize this fact and treated the library itself like a map, physically shelving books about the same region next to one another and arranging the whole collection according to their relative positions on the globe, so that a user could walk to the eastern corner of the room and find books on China, or to the southern corner to find books on Antarctic exploration, etc. -- this arrangement of the collection persisted until the 1980's!

You can see read more at: www.ibiblio.org/slanews/nln/nln00/fall/index.htm

Jul. 23, 2007, 10:15am

Fascinating! I have a 1954 Pelican edition of Oliver Simon's Introduction to Typography with the National Geographic Library embossed stamp on the title page. I wonder where in the library it was shelved?