Marc Tiefenauer's orientalia & bibliophilia

Marc Tiefenauer's orientalia & bibliophilia

Tag: Librarians

E-story vs. history

Recently, in a local newspaper1, I read that in 2035, my County Library “will only buy e-books”. It is important to be clear that the library the article was speaking of is a university library devoted to human sciences. In the following lines, while bringing together facts of the present and the past, I’ll try [...]

Such a great honour

Some events are so important that they deserve to be emphasized. The visit in Lausanne University (UNIL) of the Hon. President of India, Mrs. Pratibhā Devīsiṅh Pāṭīl, on October 4, is one of them. Mrs. Pāṭīl honoured the University of Lausanne with a visit intended to set up a Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Studies [...]

On buying weeded books

As a librarian, I mainly order brand new books; as a book collector, I chiefly buy old editions. Typically, for Indian reference books (dictionaries, grammars, classics), I prefer carefully printed first editions than cheap, blurred and smelly reprints. Even if they need to be restored or re-bound, 19th century editions are far better than nowadays [...]

A librarian’s pilgrimage

Oxford will always strike a chord with European sanskritists, and for many legitimate reasons, one of them being the library of the former Indian Institute founded by Sir Monier-Williams, now part of the Bodleian Oriental Institute Library, and its very rich collection of Indian manuscripts started by Horace H. Wilson. Last week, on Monday—June Bank [...]

A public library is a hackerspace avant la lettre

Meg Backus and Thomas Gokey, instructors of “IST 600: Innovation in Public Libraries” (School of Information Studies / University of Syracuse, NY), a class meant to “develop and test-drive new approaches to public librarianship borrowing from and being inspired by recent innovations in contemporary art practices”, share a very enthusiastic vision of what is the [...]