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Reviews inter-library relations, against a interesting more for its examination of LIBRARY OF Alexandrian scholarship and its effects background of the changes affecting ALEXANDRIA universities as a whole. on world knowledge than for the facts The Life and Fate of the Ancient Library of The findings make depressing elucidated about the Library but, Alexandria, Mostafa El-Abbadi, Unesco, 1990, reading and show that, although there reading between the lines, some of the 250 pp, £6 (available from HMSO), ISBN are considerable variations from dangers of indiscriminate collecting 92-3-102632-1 library to library in the way that new are clearly evident. One can only hope challenges have been met, most have Of the historic Library of Alexandria that more wisdom will prevail when suffered needlessly because of the not so much as a stone remains and the collections of the new Bibliotheca poor relationship which has tradi­ archaeological surveys and excavations Alexandrina are assembled "in tionally existed between the Library have produced no clues to the configu­ accordance with the conception of the and the administrative and academic ration, evolution through time, or the Egyptian Government and under the staffs. In many places the Library is fate of the Great Library and the auspices of an International regarded as unnecessarily expensive associated Mouseion (Temple of the Commission comprising many and of doubtful value and libraries Muses). Professor El-Abbadi has eminent personalities". Unfortunately have recently lost ground in control of examined a large number of old and that formula has an inbuilt tendency their own funds. The Library modern texts and has constructed an towards allowing free play to vested Committees, and academics generally, account of the scholarship of the interests and pan-bibliography. have always had control of period, and assembled whatever acquisitions but now, Burrows sadly Wilfred Ashworth evidence is available to throw light on concludes, "there is no place for the the Library of Alexandria and the way university library considered as an in which it acquired its stock. instrument of education, parallel to, Concerning its final fate he concludes OUTSIDER'S VIEW but in 'an important way separate that it was destroyed by fire in AD 48 from, the academic departments". British University Libraries, Toby Burrows, The as an indirect result of Caesar's attack Haworth Press, 1989, 180 pp, US$24.95, ISBN Only in those universities where on Alexandria. 0-86656-917-0 librarians have begun to assume re­ The study has been published now sponsibility for computing and media Dr Toby Burrows, Serials Librarian at because of a Project for the Revival of services, raising the possibility of a the Ancient Library of Alexandria the University of Western Australia, future integrated academic service was, during 1986/87, Honorary which Unesco is undertaking at the covering these areas, is any hope seen. present time at the request of the Research Fellow at the School of There has been little response so far Library, Archive and Information Government of Egypt with the to systematic withdrawal or relegation financial support of the United Studies at the University College of of little-used stock along lines pro­ London, and recipient of the James Nations Development Programme. posed in the Atkinson Report. Indeed Cook Bicentenary Scholarship (UK). The intention is not to reconstitute a unless the universities and their librar­ vanished monument but to commem­ This enabled him to make his research ies can, together and as a matter of study an examination of the state of orate the Library of Alexandria by urgency, clearly articulate a coherent restating its universal legacy in modern UK university libraries and of their vision of their future, Burrows sees the reactions to substantial cuts since 1981 terms to place at the disposal of fate of university libraries as being, by scholars and researchers a major in their recurrent grants. We thus have default, a decline into mediocrity and an informed outsider's view of the resource focused on the history and purely ancillary status. culture of the Mediterranean and most important developments in UK Wilfred Ashworth Middle East. university library finance, staffing, collections, services, automation and Professor El-Abbadi's text is THING S TO COME SEPTEMBER 1990 Impact of New Technology on Tradi­ available from: Jill Tolson, Administra­ tional Serials; East-West Exchange of tor, UK Serials Group, 114 Woodstock 10-12 Road, Witney, Oxfordshire OX8 6DY, Information; The Future of Serials Co­ First European Serials Conference operation in Europe, etc. The pro­ Tel: 0993 703466, Fax: 0993 778879. Leeuwenhorst Congres Center, gramme will also include optional visits 10-12 Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. to significant libraries, agents and To be held by the United Kingdom publishers in The Netherlands as well JUGL '90: Information Services to the Serials Group in association with as the official Conference Dinner at the Academic Community Gauthier-Villars (publisher), Springer- Amsterdam Maritime Museum. The The JANET User Group for Libraries Verlag (publisher) and Swets fee is 600 Dutch Guilders which covers is holding its first residential conference Subscription Service (subscription all programme events and full at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, agents). The papers will cover such accommodation. Heriot-Watt University. The programme topics as Pricing for Europe; the Booking forms and programmes are will include substantial papers on OSI, 18 New Library World http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

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New Library World , Volume 91 (8) – Aug 1, 1990

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inter-library relations, against a interesting more for its examination of LIBRARY OF Alexandrian scholarship and its effects background of the changes affecting ALEXANDRIA universities as a whole. on world knowledge than for the facts The Life and Fate of the Ancient Library of The findings make depressing elucidated about the Library but, Alexandria, Mostafa El-Abbadi, Unesco, 1990, reading and show that, although there reading between the lines, some of the 250 pp, £6 (available from HMSO), ISBN are considerable variations from dangers of indiscriminate collecting 92-3-102632-1 library to library in the way that new are clearly evident. One can only hope challenges have been met, most have Of the historic Library of Alexandria that more wisdom will prevail when suffered needlessly because of the not so much as a stone remains and the collections of the new Bibliotheca poor relationship which has tradi­ archaeological surveys and excavations Alexandrina are assembled "in tionally existed between the Library have produced no clues to the configu­ accordance with the conception of the and the administrative and academic ration, evolution through time, or the Egyptian Government and under the staffs. In many places the Library is fate of the Great Library and the auspices of an International regarded as unnecessarily expensive associated Mouseion (Temple of the Commission comprising many and of doubtful value and libraries Muses). Professor El-Abbadi has eminent personalities". Unfortunately have recently lost ground in control of examined a large number of old and that formula has an inbuilt tendency their own funds. The Library modern texts and has constructed an towards allowing free play to vested Committees, and academics generally, account of the scholarship of the interests and pan-bibliography. have always had control of period, and assembled whatever acquisitions but now, Burrows sadly Wilfred Ashworth evidence is available to throw light on concludes, "there is no place for the the Library of Alexandria and the way university library considered as an in which it acquired its stock. instrument of education, parallel to, Concerning its final fate he concludes OUTSIDER'S VIEW but in 'an important way separate that it was destroyed by fire in AD 48 from, the academic departments". British University Libraries, Toby Burrows, The as an indirect result of Caesar's attack Haworth Press, 1989, 180 pp, US$24.95, ISBN Only in those universities where on Alexandria. 0-86656-917-0 librarians have begun to assume re­ The study has been published now sponsibility for computing and media Dr Toby Burrows, Serials Librarian at because of a Project for the Revival of services, raising the possibility of a the Ancient Library of Alexandria the University of Western Australia, future integrated academic service was, during 1986/87, Honorary which Unesco is undertaking at the covering these areas, is any hope seen. present time at the request of the Research Fellow at the School of There has been little response so far Library, Archive and Information Government of Egypt with the to systematic withdrawal or relegation financial support of the United Studies at the University College of of little-used stock along lines pro­ London, and recipient of the James Nations Development Programme. posed in the Atkinson Report. Indeed Cook Bicentenary Scholarship (UK). The intention is not to reconstitute a unless the universities and their librar­ vanished monument but to commem­ This enabled him to make his research ies can, together and as a matter of study an examination of the state of orate the Library of Alexandria by urgency, clearly articulate a coherent restating its universal legacy in modern UK university libraries and of their vision of their future, Burrows sees the reactions to substantial cuts since 1981 terms to place at the disposal of fate of university libraries as being, by scholars and researchers a major in their recurrent grants. We thus have default, a decline into mediocrity and an informed outsider's view of the resource focused on the history and purely ancillary status. culture of the Mediterranean and most important developments in UK Wilfred Ashworth Middle East. university library finance, staffing, collections, services, automation and Professor El-Abbadi's text is THING S TO COME SEPTEMBER 1990 Impact of New Technology on Tradi­ available from: Jill Tolson, Administra­ tional Serials; East-West Exchange of tor, UK Serials Group, 114 Woodstock 10-12 Road, Witney, Oxfordshire OX8 6DY, Information; The Future of Serials Co­ First European Serials Conference operation in Europe, etc. The pro­ Tel: 0993 703466, Fax: 0993 778879. Leeuwenhorst Congres Center, gramme will also include optional visits 10-12 Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. to significant libraries, agents and To be held by the United Kingdom publishers in The Netherlands as well JUGL '90: Information Services to the Serials Group in association with as the official Conference Dinner at the Academic Community Gauthier-Villars (publisher), Springer- Amsterdam Maritime Museum. The The JANET User Group for Libraries Verlag (publisher) and Swets fee is 600 Dutch Guilders which covers is holding its first residential conference Subscription Service (subscription all programme events and full at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, agents). The papers will cover such accommodation. Heriot-Watt University. The programme topics as Pricing for Europe; the Booking forms and programmes are will include substantial papers on OSI, 18 New Library World

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