- Electronic ISBN 9781780633121
- Print ISBN 9781843346425
List of figures
List of abbreviations
About the author
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Pre-historic times
Ebla – archive or library?
Alexandria – 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 – archives
Libraries and legal deposit
Summary and reflections on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – fundamental changes
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
Appraisal – challenging, but necessary
Summary and conclusion
Chapter 6: What’s in store?
The digital crossroads
"Lidman sets out the different roles of the two types of institutions in a clear and succinct way, providing the reader with essential points of the legal and historical settings without oversimplifying matters. His arguments are cogent and persuasive, and he makes a convincing and realistic case for collaboration and cooperation in the future. This is an important and timely essay, which should be required reading for librarians and archivists alike."--The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 62, No. 3, 2013