New Reviews

RDA and Cartographic Resources, by Paige G. Andrew, Susan M. Moore, and Mary Larsgaard, reviewed by Francesco Gerali. Andrew, Moore, and Larsgaard’s work is a well-conceived and pragmatic manual addressed to information science practitioners from corporate libraries and information centers, government bureaus, and academics from library science and geography schools. The driving subject of the book is the framing and application of the Resource and Description Access (RDA) standard in the daily work of professional cataloguers...Read more.

All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States since 1870 by James Cortada, reviewed by Edward A. Goedeken. Let’s not fool around here: James Cortada’s magisterial history of information is the single most important book ever published on this fascinating and essential topic. Nothing else has even come close. Covering the period from 1870 to the present and totaling over 600 pages, Cortada has provided historians of information—in all its guises—with a deeply erudite tour of the...Read more.

Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation, Information, and Data by Ronald E. Day, reviewed by Thomas M. Dousa. Over the last two decades, Ronald Day has been a leading proponent of critical theory within library and information science (LIS). Informed by a background in Continental philosophy and literary theory, his work has taken several complementary paths. One has been primarily historical in orientation, for Day has endeavored to construct a genealogical account of the emergence of the notion of information...Read more.

Reading Publics: New York City's Public Libraries, 1754-1911, by Tom Glynn, reviewed by Joyce Latham. Reading Publics: New York City’s Public Libraries, 1754-1911 by Tom Glynn is a collection of thematically and chronologically linked essays addressing the “more than a century and a half of public library development on the island of Manhattan” that culminated in the establishment of the New York Public Library. Glynn ties a number of themes together in this expansive study...Read more.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscript, by Joshua Hammer, reviewed by Joseph E. Straw. World history is loaded with examples of intolerance, fanaticism, and war. These dark specters have claimed much of humanity’s creative and artistic memory. The dynamiting of the Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban in 2001 and the destruction of antiquities in Palmyra by ISIS from 2014-2016...Read more.

Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow, by Cheryl Knott, reviewed by Patrick M. Valentine. Cheryl Knott has written a fine history of black public libraries and their users in the first half of 20th century America. She uses theoretical models from outside the strict library world to deepen her and her readers’ understanding of how America not only practiced but also endorsed segregation for so long...Read more.

World Projects: Global Information Before World War I by Markus Krajewski, translated by Charles Marcrum II, reviewed by Lawrence Frohman. The period between the 1880s and 1914 was an era of intensified global integration, and it represented one in a series of such waves that have washed over the world from the Middle Ages to the present. In his genre-bending book, Markus Krajewski offers what might best be described as a genealogy of this specific moment of globality, and...Read more.