Technological Innovations in Libraries, 1860-1960: An Anecdotal History

Hardcover | July 1, 1993

byKlaus Musmann

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This book chronicles the attitudes of librarians toward technological innovations that took place between 1860 and 1960. These years saw the invention and subsequent diffusion of electricity, photography, the telephone, the phonograph, motion pictures, the radio, and television. Many of these inventions had a profound impact on society. Some were adopted by librarians and had an equally significant influence on library services, while others faded away at an early stage and now rest peacefully buried in archives. This monograph records the attempts of a few librarians to integrate a number of technological innovations into the library environment and to project their possible future applications. Their education and experience often did not prepare them for a time of rapid change, yet, in spite of these shortcomings, both libraries and the profession managed to survive rather well the onslaught of technology.

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This book chronicles the attitudes of librarians toward technological innovations that took place between 1860 and 1960. These years saw the invention and subsequent diffusion of electricity, photography, the telephone, the phonograph, motion pictures, the radio, and television. Many of these inventions had a profound impact on society...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:July 1, 1993Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313280150

ISBN - 13:9780313280153

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?Musmann writes clearly and simply. The quotes liberally sprinkled throughout the text are often fascinating and are indicative of the insights and fantasies of which our librarian forebears (like ourselves) were capable. Any librarian who wishes to become more versed about the development of his or her profession would find much of interest, as would the amateur historian and the non-librarian.?- Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science