Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, c2014.
xliv, 319 p. ; 24 cm.
Although librarianship as an organized profession dates back only as far as the mid-19th century, the history of libraries is much older; people have been engaged in pursuits that we recognize as librarianship for thousands of years. This book traces librarianship from its origins in ancient times through its development to control the flood of information in the modern world to its profound transformation in response to the new technologies of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Historical Dictionary of Librarianship focuses on the modern profession of librarianship, emphasizing the period beginning in the mid-19th century. Mary Ellen Quinn relates the profession's history through a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section contains more than 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, libraries around the world, and notable organizations and associations. This book is an excellent reference for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about librarianship.