Wednesday, 2 February 2011
A Great Librarian
A red letter day for librarians and ex-librarians, for on this day in 1600 the great pioneering librarian Gabriel Naude (I can't do accents on Blogger posts for some reason) was born. He established the first library in France to be open to all comers, with no references required - and of course he wrote the ground-breaking manual, Advice on Establishing a Library (1627). For a more recent work on a similar theme, I commend this one.