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Libraries and Archives by Tomas Lidman

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Introduction

This is a book about libraries and archives, though not in the sense that you would probably first expect. My ambition is to compare the two heritage institutions, and to look at similarities and differences in their issues and duties. I have, during my many years in national and international cooperation, and having being both an archivist and a librarian, experienced a great need for such a handbook. People around me – specialists, students, bureaucrats and friends – do not know the differences between the two, or have just a basic knowledge about what an archivist is. Most people have met a librarian and know something about libraries, especially public libraries, but rather few have seen an archivist or have been in an archive ...

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