Illustration, Book History and Research Facilitation

A copy of the Art Libraries Journal, 37(3) arrived, including an article by Karen Attar, ‘Illustration, Book History and Research Facilitation: Some Observations’. The timing was excellent, as much of the article discusses library support for the London Rare Books School, which is running at present. The article highlights the importance of physical books in an age of increasing digitisation, and dwells on the value of library staff being well acquainted with their collections in order to help researchers as effectively as possible. While Senate House Library is well equipped with early printed books, the article is encouraging in pointing out that vast numbers are not in fact necessary to support quite a lot of teaching.

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