32449 - History of Books and Library Science

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  • Teacher Lucia Sardo

  • Credits 12

  • SSD M-STO/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Cultural Heritage (cod. 9076)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Course contents

Introduction to the class; history of libraries and book history; library science: definition. The library: structure and management of libraries. Library services: collection management, cataloguing, reference, preservation of library materials, evaluation of services


Carlo Bianchini – Mauro Guerrini, Guida alla biblioteca per gli studenti universitari. Milano: Editrice bibliografica, 2019

Giorgio Montecchi – Fabio Venuda, Manuale di biblioteconomia. Milano: Editrice bibliografica, 2021 (in the process of publication)

Lorenzo Baldacchini, Il libro antico. 3. ed. Roma: Carocci, 2019

Suggested reading:

David Lankes, Biblioteche innovative in un mondo che cambia. Milano: Editrice bibliografica, 2020.


Non-attenders, in addition to the bibliography indicated above, will add

Guida alla biblioteconomia, a cura di Mauro Guerrini. Milano: Editrice Bibliografica, 2008

Teaching methods

Frontal Lectures and exercises, visits to libraries if possible.

Assessment methods

The examination is oral, and involves the presentation of a subject of your choice and the verification of

- basic knowledge related to the institutional programme: the verification is carried out on the basis of the topics covered in the lesson and on the basis of the recommended bibliography
- the ability to understand the problems faced during the lessons
- knowledge of the discipline as a whole
- the ability to frame the problems studied in their context, and to discuss them critically
- the quality of oral expression and the ability to construct a logical argumentative discourse.

The final evaluation will follow these guidelines:
- insufficient grade: lack of basic knowledge and inability to produce a correct interpretation of texts and/or problems
- sufficient grade: possession of basic knowledge; interpretation predominantly correct, but conducted with imprecision and little autonomy
- good grade: possession of intermediate level knowledge; fully correct interpretation, but not always precise and independent
- excellent grade: possession of high level knowledge; interpretation of problems not only correct but conducted with autonomy and precision. Excellent oral expression skills

Teaching tools

Illustrative and in-depth Power Point presentations

Office hours

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