Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Reformed Librarie-keeper

TitleThe Reformed Librarie-keeper
AuthorJohn Dury ; introduction by Richard H. Popkin and Thomas F. Wright.
Call NumberZ665 .D9 1983
Location2nd Floor Social Sciences
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewFirst published in the mid 17th century, John Dury's pamphlet details what purpose libraries should serve and how libraries should function. Dury, a Puritan intellectual, believed libraries should increase universal learning and piety of the communities it serves. The short pamphlet is an interesting look into early issues facing libraries at the time which are still facing some today.

The pamphlet, plus the introductions which contextualize it, provide a small peak into 17th century England but overall would not be terribly exciting for those who are not interested in library matters. Also, the way it is printed and the 17th century spelling of many words can make it a somewhat difficult read. Ultimately I enjoyed it but would not recommend it unless someone was fascinated by libraries.
Submitted ByNicholas D'Andrea
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaildandrea@chapman.edu

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