CHICAGO — Despite the fact that they have different legal statuses, legal frameworks and operational workflows, some politicians and bureaucrats think that there is much to gain if libraries and archives work closely together or even merge. In “Libraries and Archives: A Comparative Study,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, veteran archivist and librarian Tomas Lidman analyzes the facts and arguments behind a growing debate as to what extent libraries and archives are fulfilling the same missions. Offering a simple but comprehensive background to explain the key issues, this book stimulates debate, brings forth valuable facts and presents scenarios for the future as libraries and archives approach the digital crossroads. Focusing on national libraries and national and regional archives from an international point of view, this book provides librarians and archivists with the history and facts they need to better inform their decisions.
Lidman is currently leading a National Committee on Literature at the Ministry of Culture in Sweden. Until 2010 he was a national archivist in Sweden, and before that was university librarian in Stockholm. Lidman has overseen a variety of endeavors, including serving as a project leader in EU, IFLA, UNESCO and as vice-president of ICA (2005-2009). Since 2003 he has held the presidency of the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm and between 1995 and 2003 he was a national librarian. He has written several books on history and librarianship, including “Scientific Libraries: Past Development and Future Changes.”
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