Tim Gauntley's Library Tour

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A whimsical virtual tour of ancient libraries in the form of postcards to teacher-librarians.

A whimsical virtual tour of ancient libraries in the form of postcards to teacher-librarians.

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  • 1. 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
  • 2. The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal (Nineveh)
  • 3. 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
  • 4. The Library at Alexandria (Egypt)
  • 5. 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”
  • 6. The Ulpian Library of Trajan (Rome)
  • 7. 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
  • 8. The House of Wisdom (Bagdad)
  • 9. 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
  • 10. The Abbey Library of St Gall (Switzerland)
  • 11. 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
  • 12. ThankYou ForJoining Tim’s Tours