- Hardcover: 486 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0754672077
- ISBN-13: 978-0754672074
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,441,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Books, Buildings and Social Engineering: Early Public Libraries in Britain from Past to Present 1st Edition
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'By providing pictures from the past and vivid descriptions of library buildings that are still in use, Black, Pepper and Bagshaw...have written a book that will encourage members of both professions to look at public libraries in a new way. Their enthusiasm for their topic springs from the page and it will make you want to visit and/or revisit the places they describe...Architects, librarians and those with an intelligent interest in cultural history will find it a volume to cherish and enjoy.' Bob Usherwood, The University of Sheffield, UK 'A solid, well produced work from three respected and authoritative library historians outlining the "socio-architectural history of British public library buildings between 1850 and 1939". The "Palaces of Culture" have never been thoroughly researched and written about , and the authors are to be congratulated on their sterling and pioneering efforts to throw light on this seminal period in our professional history. ...a welcome addition to the professional literature' New Library World, Vol 111 No3/4, 2010 'This substantial and scholarly publication is a valuable addition to the literature of both library and architectural history ... Big, thick, scholarly books on library history are thin on the ground, and this study is to be welcomed.' Library & Information History, March 2010 '...groundbreaking study of pre-1940 public library buildings. Not just the buildings, but how they came to be what they are, how developing ideas of professional practice influenced design and how they were used and regarded. ... a thoughtful and wide-ranging socio-architectural study of public librarianship before the 1939-1945 War. This book is a landmark in library historiography and a reference resource for library history.' Reference Reviews, Vol 24, no 2, 2010 'Books, Buildings and Social Engineering is library and architectural history at its vibrant, challenging best. It offers important insights into why public library buildings and services evolved as they did in the anglophone world and prompts reflection on what they were intended to achieve when they were established, what they are trying to do now, and what shape they might take in the future.' Australian Library Journal, Feb/May 2010 'Books, Buildings and Social Engineering ... will serve as an invaluable resource on early public library history in Britain. ...By understanding the rich history of the library buildings we use and work in, we can better understand how to adapt them to the continuously changing needs of their users.' Libraries & the Cultural Record, issue 45.3, 2010 'This is a monumental book about a monumental subject and an important addition to our understanding of the public library as a form of building and as a social phenomenon. ... a fascinating book that will be useful to library historians and modern day planners alike.' Library Review ,Vol 60 Issue 1 'It is a comprehensive, thoughtful and well researched study, and is thoroughly recommended, admirably filling the gap in the typographical study of architectural history. Books, Buildings and Social Engineering provides an excellent platform from which to debate the future role of the library. The book should serve to inform the debate into the future of libraries, and serve as a warning not to lose the inherent sense of place, and a wider concept of 'civicness'.' Context, 122, 2011
About the Author
Alistair Black is Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, Simon Pepper is Professor of Architecture, Liverpool University, UK and Kaye Bagshaw is the Research Officer for the AHRB-funded project 'Early public libraries in Britain' at Liverpool University.