Writing the history of libraries: past, present and future. Still life or animation?

Writing the history of libraries: past, present and future. Still life or animation?

Whyte Lectures
Sunday, 07 September 2014
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)
Free

The 2014 guest lecturer Giles Mandelbrote is the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library, the historic library (founded 1610) of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal archive for the documentary history of the Church of England. Giles writes that most of us have a mental image of how library is supposed to look. But does this picture work equally well for a shelf of manuscript books – at one end of the spectrum – or a web portal, at the other? Is it a still life, or is it animated by the presence of readers and library staff? And what, historically, have libraries been intended to do?

About the speaker

Giles Mandelbrote

Giles Mandelbrote is the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library, the historic library (founded 1610) of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal archive for the documentary history of the Church of England. Previously he worked for nearly 15 years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He jointly convenes (with Dr. Keith Manley) a regular Research Seminar in the History of Libraries at the Institute of Historical Research/Institute of English Studies; he also teaches for the University of London's Rare Book School and is one of the organisers of the annual two-day London conference on book trade history.

Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and secondhand book trade in Britain in the 20th century, and volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, edited jointly with K.A. Manley. More recently he has edited and contributed to a volume on the growth of the British Library's collections, Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections (2009), and The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance (2014).

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