By Melanie A. Kimball,Katherine M. Wisser

Many reflect on libraries to be immutable associations, deeply entrenched some time past, choked with dusty tomes and musty employees. truthfully, libraries are and traditionally were websites of innovation and disruption. initially awarded on the Library background Seminar XII: Libraries: Traditions and concepts, this number of essays deals examples of the long-lasting and evolving points of libraries and librarianship. no matter if belonging to a Caliph in 10th-century Spain, outfitted for 19th-century mechanics, or meant for the segregated Southern usa, libraries function either a mirrored image and a contestation in their context. those essays illustrate that libraries are areas of turmoil, the place genuine social and cultural controversies are explored and resolved, the place invention happens, and the place identities are challenged and outlined, reinforcing culture and commanding innovation.

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