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Tim Gauntley’s Virtual* Library Tour Presented to Simcoe County District School Board 2010*All but one have beendestroyed by biblioclasts! For more information on Ancient libraries go to timgauntley.blogspot.com
From Tim’s Library Tour, 2010The Library of Ashurbanipal (Nineveh) Teacher-Librarians• 7rd century BC – 605 CE• 22,000+ fired clay tablets SCDSB, Ontario (stylus)• multiliterate royal collection of art, records, oral and written literature• first organization principles for retrieval• Epic of Gilgamesh
From Tim’s Library Tour, 2010The Library of Alexandria • 3rd century BC – 391 CE• part of the Musaeum Teacher-Librarians (temple of the Muses)• 1,000,000 (?) papyrus SCDSB, Ontario scrolls• research centre for scholars• had gardens, walkways, meeting rooms,• “The place of the cure of the soul”
From Tim’s Library Tour, 2010 The Ulpian Library of Rome (Trajan) • 100 – 450 CE Teacher-Librarians • divided into adjoining libraries (Greek and Latin) SCDSB, Ontario of papyrus scrolls: one either side of Trajan’s column• beginning of a public library and reading room with little censorship or control• a sumptious public space
From Tim’s Library Tour, 2010 The House of Wisdom (Bagdad) • 9th -13th century Teacher-Librarians• established to preserve and create knowledge SCDSB, Ontario• Improved paper making from Chinese with linen books• welcomed Greek and latin scholars into a centre of intellectual development• included an observatory
From Tim’s Library Tour, 2010Abbey Library of St. Gall• 719- present• access first limited to scholars Contains 2,100 Teacher-Librarians manuscripts (codices/ parchment/books) from the SCDSB, Ontario 8th to 15th centuries, 1,650 incunabula (those printed before 1500) in addition to 160,000 volumes• now pre-1000 manuscripts available in digital library at http://www.e- codices.unifr.ch/en