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Author Pyne, Lydia,
Title Bookshelf / Lydia Pyne.
Imprint New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, ©2016.

Author Pyne, Lydia,
Series Object lessons.
Subject Shelving for books.
Shelving (Furniture)
Description 1 online resource (160 pages).
Contents Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction. Whatâ#x80;#x99;s in a name?; A room without books; The lives of bookshelves; Cicero â#x80;#x99; s shelves; Chapter 1 From medieval to modern: Bookshelves in chains; The oldest still-chained shelves in the world; So what are chained libraries?; A thousand years of chains: Hereford Cathedral; Digital books & digital chains: The medieval legacy; What are chains about?; Chapter 2 The things that go on a bookshelf; The small library: Putting books on children â#x80;#x99; s bookshelves; Putting books on a bookshelf; Display & storage: Books & not-books.
How to read a bookshelfChapter 3 Bookshelves that move; The thousands of books shelved in ships; What does it mean for a shelf to move? Movable vs. fixed shelves; Moving the bookshelves; Making more bookshelves move: Other kinds of mobility; Still, they move; Chapter 4 Bookshelves as signs and symbols; The bookshelf as a scene & a symbol; Secret shelves in secret rooms; From power and privilege to Marvel and Marengi; The unwritten future of bookshelves; Chapter 5 The life cycle of a bookshelf; In which, bookshelves are installed at the New York Public Library.
Bookshelves brim with biological metaphorMeet the megafauna: Twentieth-century libraries; Bookshelves with a bauplan; The death and resurrection of bookshelves; Conclusion. The plural futures of bookshelves; Books without shelves & bookless libraries; The many lives of bookshelves; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary "Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. You might think that its name says it all. A bookshelf is just that - a shelf for books. It's the stuff of libraries, offices, and the bane of movers' existence. But every shelf is different and every bookshelf tells a different story. One bookshelf can creak with character in a bohemian coffee shop and another can groan with gravitas in the Library of Congress. Bookshelf takes an almost meta-approach to the object studies aim of Object Lessons: exploring the stacks as well as our bedside tables, writer and historian Lydia Pyne unpacks not just the material parts but the secret lives of bookshelves. Pyne finds bookshelves to be holders not just of books but of so many other things: values, vibes, and verbs that can be contained and displayed in the buildings and rooms of contemporary human existence. With a shrewd eye toward this particular moment in the history of books, Pyne takes the reader on a tour of the bookshelf that leads critically to this juncture: amid rumors of the death of book culture, why is the life of bookshelf in full bloom?Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic"-- Provided by publisher.
"Shows that, whether in the library, office, or home, the bookshelf is where and how we create categories to sort knowledge and experience and that every bookshelf tells a different story"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN 9781501307331 (electronic bk.)
1501307339 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 956525142

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