Meeting : “What is the Use of Old Books?”.
Tuesday, 10th January 2017.
A talk by Graham Jefcoate.
of rare and historic books are being digitised across the globe on an
almost industrial scale. The Google Book project is working with state
and university libraries to create a mega-library of our printed
heritage. National projects have also digitised large quantities of
books, periodicals and newspapers to make them accessible via the
Internet. So does this mean we can discard or mothball the huge print
collections we keep in our traditional libraries? After all, storing
and preserving them is expensive - and the texts are now mostly
available on line. In this talk, the speaker shall argue that our
printed heritage in physical form is in fact as important now as it
ever was. In fact we're only now beginning to understand old books for
what they are.
Jefcoate is the former Head of Early Printed Collections at the British
Library, and has led major research libraries in Berlin and in Nijmegen
in the Netherlands.
(PDF File for downloading or reading on
line - 9 pages).