Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0384 (AF:378524 AR:199838)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Term
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The seminar, considered as a core educational activity, intends to approach the library as a cultural institution, defining its social role in the past, present and a projection to the future; the impact of the digital world on libraries
The student will acquire an advanced level of knowledge of the history of libraries and their cultural context that will enable them to achieve the following results: effective ability to fully study documentary and book sources, investigating them on several levels: in their material aspects, in their production process, in the contents, as well as in the functions (cultural, social, ideological, political) they perform in their respective contexts of origin and conservation. Based on this specialist knowledge, the student will be able to understand and evaluate new and complex situations related to the contemporary world of archives and libraries.
No particular prerequisites are required.
The seminar will be dedicated to a multimedia presentation of the history of libraries, while the students will prepare each an individual paper dedicated to the annual specific theme
- Fred Lerner, The Story of Libraries: from the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age, New York, Continuum, 1998
- Paolo Traniello, La biblioteca pubblica: storia di un istituto nell' Europa contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1997
- Storia delle biblioteche in Italia: dall'Unita a oggi, a c. di Paolo Traniello, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002 or the updated edition of 2014
- Frédéric Barbier, Histoire des bibliothèques d'Alexandrie aux bibliothèques virtuelles, Paris, Armand Colin, 2013
Attenders - The exam consists in the preparation of an individual paper (8 pp.). The theme is to be decided with the tutor.
Non Attenders - The exam consists in the preparation of an individual paper (20 pp.). The theme is to be decided with the tutor.
* COVID 19 EMERGENCY - the word "attenders" mean all those who participate in at least 6 out of 10 lessons (either present in class or via streaming)
frontal lesson and papers presented by the students
Lessons will be held in Italian. Possibility of writing seminar paper in English or French. Possibilitè d'écrire l'épreuve en français
Attenders - The exam consists in the preparation of an individual paper (8 pp.. The theme is to be decided with the tutor.
Non attenders - The exam consists in the preparation of an individual paper (20 pp.). The theme is to be decided with the tutor at a reception (not by mail or by phone). The request to prepare a paper is accepted until June 30 for the current academic year. After this date, the request will refer to the following academic year.
It is reaffirmed that the paper is in fact the final exam. Therefore, students are required NOT to present themselves on the exam date published on the web. This date is valid for the delivery of the paper via mail. The tutor reserves the right to summon the student if she finds it necessary to discuss the paper.
Reception hours: Monday 11am-1pm in the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà (but students are asked to check the "avvisi" section on the tutor's webpage to see whether the reception hour has not changed). The student reception will begin on 12 September 2022. *COVID 19 EMERGENCY - in case the emergency persists and the impossibility of the teacher and students to be present at Malcanton Marcorà, the students are asked to contact the teacher for a reception through GoogleMeet.
Students who wish to participate in the seminar as History of documentation are invited to contact me at raines@unive.it.
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services: disabilita@unive.it.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Last update of the programme: 11/06/2022