Thursday, April 06, 2006

HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN CANADA

For the past decade the project HBIC has worked to develop three print volumes on Canadian book history that is broadly based in cultural, literary, social, and economic studies. Of course, libraries of all types have been included and the articles on libraries in the two published volumes prior to 1920 have been very interesting. Volume three, covering 1920 to 1980, is scheduled for publication in another year, 2007.

Along with a printed record, the project has developed websites and searchable databases that include many facts and outline events in library history. The databases are searchable at the website hosted by Dalhouse University-- by using Internet Explorer NOT Netscape or Firefox -- HBiC Databases.

Generally, the five databases on Canadian book history and the book trade provide thorough geographic and biographic data about Canada's print history from its beginnings in the 16th century to the present.

The site is a great resource, not just for libraries, but all related aspects of book history and print culture. Updated guides for further research on the internet are also available.