Course: History of Libraries and Librarianship

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Course title History of Libraries and Librarianship
Course code KFI/DK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Faitová Miloslava, PhDr.
Course content
Introduction, origin of document communication and basic phases of its development. Book culture and libraries in ancient world. Book culture and libraries in the Middle Ages. Book culture and libraries in the beginning of modern history. From the Middle Ages to modern period - development of European libraries and its contribution to the development of schools and universities. Book culture and libraries in the area of Czech Republic in the Middle Ages. The development of Bohemian and Moravian libraries from the origins to the 1620. Book culture and Czech libraries from the period of national revival to the founding of Czechoslovakia. Origin and development of National library of Czech Republic. Libraries and librarianship in Czechoslovakia in the years of 1918 - 1945. American librarianship and its influence to the European libraries. Important personalities of Czech librarianship and their work. Significance of information institutions.

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 26 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Passing the course provides students with attainments of historical conditionality of development of library phenomenon primarly in European cultural context. Students will orientate themself i.a. in issues of development of librarianship as an important part of intellectual fund of human society with stress to understanding of various influences to the achievement of this phenomena.
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Recommended literature
  • Cejpek, Jiří. Dějiny knihoven a knihovnictví. 2. dopl. vyd. Praha : Karolinum, 2002. ISBN 80-246-0323-3.
  • Ekschmitt, W. Paměť národů. Praha, 1974.
  • Hlaváček, I. Středověké soupisy knih a knihoven v českých zemích. Praha, 1966.
  • Kneidl, Pravoslav. Z historie evropské knihy : Po stopách knih, knihtisku a knihoven. Praha : Nakl. Svoboda, 1989. ISBN 80-205-0093-6.
  • Manguel, Alberto. Dějiny čtení. Vyd. 1. Brno : Host, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7294-231-2.
  • Šindelář, K. Dějiny knihoven v českých zemích do roku 1918. Praha, 1989.
  • Voit, Petr. Pražské Klementinum. Praha : Národní knihovna v Praze, 1990. ISBN 80-901092-4-1.

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