Suzanne M. Stauffer, PhD, Edits New Book Titled Libraries, Archives, and Museums: An Introduction to Cultural Heritage Institutions through the Ages

August 26, 2021

book cover for Libraries, Archives, and MuseumsBaton Rouge, LA – Suzanne M. Stauffer, PhD, a professor within the College of Human Sciences & Education’s School of Library & Information Science, has edited and contributed to a book titled Libraries, Archives, and Museums: An Introduction to Cultural Heritage Institutions through the Ages.  

Her book is the first of its kind to consider the development of libraries, archives, and museums and their interactions with society and culture from ancient history to the present day in Western Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The text explores the social and cultural role of these institutions in the societies that created them, as well as their influences on their mission, philosophy, and service and how those changed throughout time.  

Dr. Stauffer’s book provides readers with a thorough background in the topic specifically for graduate students and professionals in the fields of library and information science, archival studies, and museum resource management, preservation, and administration.  

Arranged chronologically, the story begins with the temple libraries of ancient Sumer, follows the development of governmental and private libraries in ancient Greece and Rome, the influence of Asia and Islam on Western library development, the role of Christianity in the preservation of ancient literature as well as the skills of reading and writing during the Middle Ages, and the coming of the Renaissance and the rise of the university library.  

The text continues by tracing the gradual division between archives and libraries and the growth of governmental and private libraries as independent institutions as well as the development of public and private museums from the “cabinets of curiosities” of private collectors beginning in the 17th century.  

Individual chapters of the book explore the further growth and development of libraries, archives, and museums in the 19th and 20th centuries.  

About the School of Library & Information Science 
The LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides a 100% online prestigious education in library and information science. It is the home of the Master of Library and Information Science, which is the only program accredited by the American Library Association in the state of Louisiana. SLIS offers a dual degree with the Department of History, an undergraduate minor, and four certificate options. SLIS is a member of iSCHOOLS, a group of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field and the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education.    
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About the College of Human Sciences & Education 
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.  
For more information, visit the College of Human Sciences & Education