Smithsonian Report ON THE CONTRUCTION OF CATALOGUES OF LIBRARIES

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Сторінка 4 - ... but one course left — not to print at all. To this no scholar consents, except from necessity. But to this alternative, grievous as it is, nearly all the large libraries of Europe have been reluctantly driven. More than a century has passed since the printing of the catalogue of the Royal Library at Paris was commenced. It is not yet finished. No one feels in it the interest which he would, if he could hope to have it kept up complete, if once it were brought up to a given date.
Сторінка 9 - When all shall have adopted and carried out the plan each for itself, the aggregate of the general catalogues thus formed, few in number, will embrace the whole body of literature extant, and from them it will be no impossible task to digest and publish a universal bibliography. How much this would promote the progress of knowledge by showing more distinctly what has been attempted and accomplished and what yet remains to be achieved, and by thus directing...
Сторінка 8 - It can hardly be necessary for me to dwell at length upon the benefits to be expected from a general printed catalogue of all books in the public libraries of America. By means of it every student in America would have the means of knowing the full extent of his resources for investigation. The places where the book could be found would be indicated in the catalogue.
Сторінка 5 - In seeking a remedy for this evil, the idea occurred to me several years ago, to stereotype the titles separately, and to preserve the plates or blocks in alphabetical order of the titles ; so as to be able readily to insert additional titles in their proper places, and then to reprint the whole catalogue. By these means, the chief cost of re-publication — that of composition, together with the trouble of revision and correction of the press, would, except for the new titles, be avoided.
Сторінка 9 - ... to the central establishment to which the whole work should be submitted, page by page, for examination and revision. Thus we should have all our catalogues formed substantially on one plan. Now, even if the plan adopted were that of the worst of our catalogues, if all were on the same plan, this uniformity would render catalogues, thus made, far more useful than the present chaos of irregularities.
Сторінка 8 - Again, this general catalogue would enable purchasers of books for public libraries to consult judiciously for the wants of the country. So poor are we in the books which scholars need; so long, at best, must we remain in a condition of provincial dependence in literary matters, that a responsibility to the whole country rests upon the man who selects the books for any public library.

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