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Libraries are Survivors April 12, 2010

Posted by dataduchess in Uncategorized.

There’s a great article up over on the History Magazine website about the history of Libraries. The headline is Survivor: The History of the Library, and for good reason as ancient libraries and the knowledge they contain were frequently the targets of ancient narrow-minded tyrants:

Whether private or public, the library has been founded, built, destroyed and rebuilt. The library, often championed, has been a survivor throughout its long history and serves as a testament to the thirst for knowledge.

Ephesus, Library of Celcius in Turkey (courtesy of David Spender's Flickr stream)

Now, on the cusp of so many budgetary cutbacks, I have to wonder if we are on the verge of once again destroying our libraries? At least this article provides some hope that despite the current state of affairs, libraries will rise again. Thoughts?



1. Mike - April 15, 2010

I have often wondered what was in the library destroyed at Alexandria. I guess I am a few thousand years too late and still don’t have enough to do.

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