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Twentieth-century libraries

Abstract:

Chapters 4 and 5 analyse the differences between in principle national libraries and national archives in society today and how these differences have developed through the century. Chapter 4 argues that information in libraries is a result of purchase, gift or legal deposit, which radically differs from the input of information in archives. The information can be classified and stored as independent units without significant loss in content or context. This is also an important explanation why the library community – even at a global level – has been successful in developing and using standards for basic routines such as classification, cataloguing, etc. By the end of the century this development facilitated ...

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