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The Pinakes has found new life. Originally born as a class project, I have elected to migrate it to its own URL and server. Its purpose remains the same: The Pinakes will serve as a public forum for my thoughts on history, the library craft, and information management, and all the connections betwixt and between.
Over the course of the Spring 2009 semester, the topics tackled and tools used were guided by the class syllabus; from this point forward my posts will be guided only by my own inspiration. In addition to items relating directly to Library Science, I may also touch on other topics of interest to me: theater and dramaturgy, art and design, literature, music and more. I hope only to keep it interesting.
Please feel free to take a look through the material already posted, and bookmark The Pinakes here in its new home. You can also add it to your Reader by clicking on the “Subscribe: RSS Blog” button to the left!
Welcome to The Pinakes, a discussion of library technology, new and old, and how the two might meet. Your host is a second-year Masters Candidate in Library and Information Science with a passion for history, rare books and modern technology.
This site is named for the first known library catalog. The pinakes was the work of Callimachus of Cyrene, a scholar, poet and librarian of the third century BCE. Callimachus oversaw the famed Great Library of Alexandria at a time it housed all the known knowledge of the world. He is considered by many to be the father of bibliography.
The original pinakes was an index of all the world’s information, divided into eleven categories. I will use this blog as a tool for discovering, describing and indexing the latest tools for information-sharing — how many categories of technology will we discover? From papyrus to codex to pdf — it’s all information.
Your comments, thoughts and feedback are very welcome here.