Libraries and Archives: A Comparative Study (Chandos Information Professional Series)

Libraries and Archives: A Comparative Study (Chandos Information Professional Series)

By: Tomas Lidman (author)Paperback

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Libraries and Archives analyses the facts and arguments behind an increasing debate as to what extent libraries and archives are fulfilling the same missions. Despite the fact that they have different legal statuses, legal frameworks, and the work-flow looks very different, some politicians and bureaucrats think that there is much to gain if the two institutions work closely together or even merge. To understand the present situation it is important to have an understanding of the role of libraries and archives and their shared history. Therefore the development up to the present day is analysed in the first chapters of the book. The book stimulates debate and brings forth valuable facts about the topic. The main focus is on national libraries and national and regional archives from an international point of view. * Offers a simple but comprehensive background to explain key issues behind the current debate* Provides librarians and archivists with arguments* The author has more than 40 years experience on the national and international archive and library scene

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Dr. Tomas Lidman is currently leading a National Committee on Literature at the Ministry of Culture in Sweden. Until 2010 he was a national archivist in Sweden, and prior to this he was University Librarian in Stockholm. Dr. Lidman has overseen a variety of endeavours including project-leader in EU, IFLA, UNESCO, and Vice President of ICA (2005-2009). Since 2003 he has held the Presidency of the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm and between 1995 and 2003 he was a national librarian. He took his PhD in History in 1979 and has written several books in History, Librarianship and Library history. In 2008 he wrote Scientific Libraries: Past development and future changes, for Chandos.


Introduction: What is the problem? Libraries and Archives: Ancient time, definitions and realities; Is the Alexandria library really a library or rather an archive? What happened in the 16th or 17th Centuries? Growth of legal frameworks: archive laws, legal deposit, and freedom of information; Nationalism awakes and manifests: Separate buildings for archives and libraries; Describing the information: The victory of the provenience principle; Libraries and archives in the development of the modern society; Do they belong to culture or administration? ALM: a middle-way or a failure? Are e-documents the final argument for a merger? Summary: That is the problem!

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/06/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781843346425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 140
  • ID: 9781843346425
  • weight: 204
  • ISBN10: 1843346427

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