The newest infographic from PressReader guides us through the milestones in the development of public libraries.
The first systematically organized and maintained library was founded in Nineveh (contemporary Iraq) by Assyrian ruler Ashurbanipal, in the 7th century BCE.
The oldest continually operating library in the world was established in the 565 CE in Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt, and has the second-largest collection of ancient manuscripts and codices, just after Vatican City.
Then, in the 19th century, public libraries gain popularity, and with Dewey classification system the library organization changes forever.
PressReader, a digital media distribution platform, has prepared a timeline of public libraries, from the time Ashurbanipal opened his library in Nineveh till the recent years, when libraries have become much more than just places where you can borrow books.
A time traveller visiting a library today would likely have a tough time wrapping her head around what she was seeing: the 21st century library has evolved far, far beyond its original state as a book repository to become a vital community hub and omnichannel content source.
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Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men,but that men will begin to think like computers.
– Sydney J. Harris –
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