- 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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List of figures
List of abbreviations
About the author
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Pre-historic times
archive or library?
library or archive?
Summary and reflections
Chapter 3: National libraries and archives from early modern times to 1900
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe
Founding of the institution
Libraries and legal deposit
Summary and reflections on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Cataloguing, or how to describe the physical objects?
Summary and reflections on the nineteenth century
Chapter 4: Twentieth-century libraries
The transformation of library infrastructures
The national bibliography as core activity
The indispensible quality of union catalogues
The content of legislation and its impact and challenges
The New Age
meeting challenges and incorporating new technologies
Chapter 5: Twentieth-century archives
Problems and possibilities with standardisation
challenging, but necessary
Summary and conclusion
Chapter 6: What's in store?
The digital crossroads